Fresh produce vouchers available for seniors

Katherine Ranzenberger

Prices of fresh produce have been increasing, but the York County Area Agency on Aging wants to make sure seniors in York County have access to fruits and vegetables.

An array of produce sits at Brogue Hydroponics Friday, April 29, 2016, at New Eastern Market. Amanda J. Cain photo

The agency is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to offer the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to eligible seniors in the area.

Residents who are 60 years or older and who have a total gross annual household income at or below $21,978 for a single person or $29,637 for a couple are eligible for $20 in vouchers from participating local farm markets, according to a news release from the Agency on Aging.

Vouchers can be picked up at locations around the county starting May 26.

One individual can pick up vouchers for up to four people, according to the news release. However, a 2016 Farmers Market Proxy Form, proof of age and residency is required for anyone picking up vouchers for another eligible person. The proxy form can be found online or at most senior centers around York County.

Residents of nursing homes, personal-care facilities or any residential setting that offer meals are ineligible to receive the vouchers. Vouchers will be distributed for as long as supplies last and can be redeemed between June 1 and Nov. 30.

Locations and dates for voucher pickup can be found online at the Agency on Aging website.

For more information on the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, call the Agency on Aging at 717-771-9610.

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