BLOG: Philly Seniors Receive Fruit/Vegetable Vouchers

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(credit:  Phran Novelli)

(credit: Phran Novelli)

By Jim Donovan: Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is distributing Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program produce vouchers as part of an annual program to encourage seniors to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Eligible Philadelphia seniors can receive $20 worth of vouchers for use at certified Farmers’ Markets in Philadelphia.

Income-eligible Philadelphia residents, age 60 or older by December 31, 2012, may receive the vouchers at PCA, 642 North Broad Street in Philadelphia (weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and at other designated sites. Vouchers will also be distributed at the Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Arch Sts., on July 11 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Proof of age (60+) and residency in Philadelphia must be presented to receive vouchers. Acceptable forms of identification include Pennsylvania driver’s license, Pennsylvania non-driver’s ID, or a utility bill. To receive the produce vouchers, total household income for 2012 must not exceed the following guidelines:

1 person: $20,665
2 people: $27,991
3 people: $35,317
4 people: $42,643

For questions about eligibility and more information, including voucher distribution sites, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040.

The vouchers, made available through funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and must be used before November 30, 2012. This year, the vouchers may be used only to purchase fruits and vegetables grown in Pennsylvania or in a neighboring state.

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