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Farmer’s market vouchers are now available to seniors

Phil­adelphia Cor­por­a­tion for Aging has be­gun dis­tri­bu­tion of Seni­or Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Nu­tri­tion Pro­gram pro­duce vouch­ers as part of  an an­nu­al pro­gram to en­cour­age seni­ors to eat more fresh fruits and ve­get­ables.

Eli­gible Phil­adelphia seni­ors can re­ceive $20 worth of vouch­ers that can be used to pur­chase fresh Pennsylvania-grown pro­duce sold at cer­ti­fied Farm­ers’ Mar­kets in Phil­adelphia.

In­come-eli­gible Phil­adelphia res­id­ents, who will be age 60 or older by Dec. 31, may re­ceive the vouch­ers at PCA, 642 N. Broad St. in Phil­adelphia (week­days, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and at oth­er des­ig­nated sites. Vouch­ers will also be dis­trib­uted at the Read­ing Ter­min­al Mar­ket, 12th and Arch streets Ju­ly 10 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Proof of age (60+) and res­id­ency in Phil­adelphia must be presen­ted to re­ceive vouch­ers. Ac­cept­able forms of iden­ti­fic­a­tion in­clude Pennsylvania driver’s li­cense and Pennsylvania non-driver’s ID. Oth­er forms of ID that in­clude age and res­id­ency will also be ac­cep­ted. Seni­ors must sign up in per­son (or through a proxy) and may re­ceive the vouch­ers only once per year.

To re­ceive the pro­duce vouch­ers, 2013 house­hold in­come must not ex­ceed the fol­low­ing guidelines: one per­son, $21,257; two people, $28,694; three people, $36,131; and four people, $43,568.

For ques­tions about eli­gib­il­ity and more in­form­a­tion, in­clud­ing oth­er vouch­er dis­tri­bu­tion sites, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040.

The vouch­ers, made avail­able through funds from the U.S. De­part­ment of Ag­ri­cul­ture and the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Ag­ri­cul­ture, will be dis­trib­uted on a first-come, first-served basis and must be used be­fore Nov. 30.

In 2012, 36,500 older Phil­adelphi­ans used the free vouch­ers to pur­chase fresh fruits and ve­get­ables from loc­al farm­ers’ mar­kets. Ad­di­tion­al funds will al­low the pro­gram to serve 250 more seni­ors this year. ••

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