The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging will be bringing back its Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) this summer. The SFMNP is an annual program to encourage seniors to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Eligible older adults can receive $20 worth of vouchers that can be used to purchase food at farmers’ markets throughout Greater Philadelphia.
PCA will begin distributing the vouchers on Monday, June 25th. They can be picked up at PCA, 642 North Broad Street in Philadelphia (weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and at other designated sites. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and must be used before November 30, 2018.
The produce vouchers are made available to income-eligible Philadelphia residents who will be 60 or older by December 31 of this year. Proof of age and Philadelphia residency must be presented to receive vouchers. To receive the vouchers, 2017 household income must not exceed the following guidelines:
- 1 person: $22,459
- 2 people: $30,451
- 3 people: $38,443
- 4 people: $46,453
- (Add $7,733 for each additional household member up to six people)
For questions about eligibility and more information, including other voucher distribution sites, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040.
The vouchers are made available through funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Last year, approximately 36,000 older Philadelphians received free vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers’ markets through the SFMNP
More information is available on the PCA website.