For the 13th year, the popular Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is back — just in time for fresh summer produce.
The program, offered by the York County Area Agency on Aging and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, gives $20 vouchers to eligible seniors to buy fruits and vegetables grown in the state.
So far, the agency has given away vouchers at a couple of sites and has seen an increase from last year's numbers, said spokeswoman Jenny Nace.
"It does seem to remain a popular event," she said.
The program is a good opportunity for those on a limited income to have some extra spending money to spend at local farm markets for wholesome fruits and veggies, Nace said.
Last year, about 3,100 York County residents received vouchers, and about 86 percent redeemed them, she said.
But the agency would still like to reach more eligible people for the program, Nace said.
Eligibility: To be eligible, a resident must be 60 years of age or older and have a 2014 total gross annual household income at or below $21,590 for a single person, or $29,101 for a couple. They must show proof of age and York County residency when they pick up their vouchers.
Seniors can redeem their vouchers between June 1 and Nov. 30 from participating farm markets.
If someone is unable to come pick up a voucher, he or she may send a proxy who can complete a proxy form at most senior centers or the Forms & Documents page of www.ycaaa.org.
Seniors must obtain their vouchers in York County but may use them in other counties, Nace said. They can receive the vouchers only once per calendar year.
Residents of nursing homes or any residential setting that offers meals are not eligible for the program.
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In the Thursday, May 29, edition of The York Dispatch, the pickup dates and locations for fruit and vegetable vouchers that appeared on page C1 were incorrect. Below are the correct distribution dates and locations, and vouchers will be given out from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.:
•Tuesday, June 3, at Susquehanna Senior Center, 2427 Craley Road in Lower Windsor Township
•Wednesday, June 4, at Windy Hill on the Campus Senior Center, 1472 Roth's Church Road, Suite 103 in Spring Grove
•Thursday, June 5, at Heritage Senior Center, 3700 Davidsburg Road in Dover Township
•Friday, June 6, at Red Land Senior Center, 736 Wyndamere Road in Newberry Township
•Tuesday, June 10, at White Rose Senior Center, 27 S. Broad St. in York City
•Thursday, June 12, at Delta Area Senior Center, 5 Pendyrus St., Suite 1, in Peach Bottom Township
•Tuesday, July 8, at Hanover Council of Churches, 136 Carlisle St. in Hanover
•Thursday, July 10, at Red Lion Area Senior Center, 20-C Gotham Place in York Township
•Tuesday, July 15, at White Rose Senior Center, 27 S. Broad St. in York City
•Thursday, July 17, at Hanover Hospital Wellness & Education Center, 400 York St. in Hanover
•Tuesday, July 22, at Brown's Orchards & Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South in Springfield Township
•Wednesday, July 23, at Flinchbaugh's Orchards, 100 Ducktown Road in Hellam Township
•Tuesday, July 29, at Yorktown Senior Center, 509 Pacific Ave. in York City
•Thursday, July 31, at Red Lion Area Senior Center, 20-C Gotham Place in York Township