Clearfield County, PA – Do you know someone 60 or older who wants some extra fruits and veggies this summer?
The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, along with the PA Department of Agriculture, is distributing Senior Farmer Market Nutrition Program food vouchers, starting June 11 until September.
It’s a program that provides eligible, older citizens of Pennsylvania with vouchers to purchase produce grown in Pennsylvania or produce that was purchased directly from a Pennsylvania farmer.
If you meet the age, income eligibility and residency requirements, you can get four $5 vouchers that can be used at farmers markets and other local shops. You cannot use the vouchers at wholesalers.
Many farmer markets and local shops can help you determine where you can use the vouchers and which produce items are eligible.
To be able to get the vouchers from the Clearfield County Centers for Active Living, you must be at least 60 years old and live within Clearfield County. The income limit for this year is $22,459 for a single person and $30,451 for a married couple.
Identification showing date of birth and county (or town) residency is required when vouchers are picked up. A social security card is not a valid form of identification for this purpose.
Previously approved SFMNP farmers from neighboring states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and West Virginia will be permitted to sell produce that they grow themselves or have purchased directly from a Pennsylvania farmer. Produce purchased from wholesalers is not eligible for purchase with SFMNP checks even if it is listed as an eligible produce item. Farmers may assist recipients in determining which produce is SFMNP eligible.
In Clearfield County, vouchers will be distributed starting June 11th. Distribution will continue through September 30 or until all vouchers are distributed.
Eligible individuals who cannot pick up their vouchers may name a proxy to pick these up for them by signing an authorized proxy form. Proxy forms will be available at all Clearfield County Centers for Active Living or on the agency’s website (www.ccaaa.net). The form must be signed by the eligible individual prior to picking up the vouchers, and identification for both persons must be submitted by the proxy when applying for vouchers.
For more information, call your local Center for Active Living or Jackie Anderson at CCAAA at 765-2696 or 1-800-225-8571, or visit our website at www.ccaaa.net.
Programs and services of the Agency are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc, Mature Resources Foundation, and local and consumer contributions.
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