Program Offers Vouchers for Seniors to Buy Fresh Produce

Fresh Produce for Seniors

If you are 60 years of age or older, you could be eligible for vouchers from the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's annual program to encourage seniors to eat fresh local fruits and vegetables.

The program is giving out $20 vouchers to eligible Philadelphia-area seniors, which can be used to buy Pennsylvania-grown produce at certified farmers' markets.

Vouchers can be acquired at the PCA building at 642 North Broad Street weekdays 9 am - 4 pm, as well as the following locations:

July 19-20, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Reading Terminal Market at 12th and Arch

July 21, 12:30 p.m - 2:30 p.m and July 22, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Share Food Program at 2901 W. Hunting Park

Fresh greens and a variety of healthy hand-picked items will be available at these locations from the Share Food Program's Nice Roots Farm.

Qualifying recipients must be 60 years of age or older, and must present proof of age and residency to receive vouchers, which are distributed once per year. Household income cannot exceed the following amounts:

1 person - $21,978

2 people - $29,637

3 people - $37,296

4 people - $44,955

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Vouchers will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be used before November 30, 2016. Last year's program distributed $705,440 worth of vouchers for 35,727 area seniors to use towards purchasing fresh produce from local farmers' markets.

Call PCA at 215-765-9040 for more voucher information and locations.

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