Low-income seniors are eligible to get $20 worth of free fruit.
Vouchers for the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program are available in Somerset County through the end of September.
The purpose of the program is to provide resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors.
Low-income seniors who are at least 60 years old may qualify for this benefit. The income guidelines for one person is $22,459; the income guideline for two people is $30,451; the income guideline for three people is $38,443; and the income guideline for four people is $46,435.
Checks are distributed through the Area Agency on Aging of Somerset County. A list will be provided to each voucher recipient of approximately 17 participating farmers and farmers’ markets when they receive their checks. These checks are then redeemable for fresh fruit and vegetables grown in Pennsylvania. Each consumer receives four $5 market checks to redeem at qualified markets or roadside stands within the county.
If an eligible consumer is not able to visit the designated sites to receive their checks, a proxy form must be picked up and completed prior to the date of distribution and sent with their representative to pick up their checks. Proxy forms are available at each of the senior centers and on the Area Agency on Aging website, at www.somersetaaa.org.
Call the senior center office at 814-443-2681 for more information.