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Farm Goods Might Help Seniors On Fixed Budgets

HARRISBURG PA – Vouchers are now available through the state Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program that allow qualified area residents age 60 or older to obtain Pennsylvania-grown produce – such as fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs – from local farmers’ markets at no cost.

Farm Goods Might Help Seniors On Fixed BudgetsThe program provides seniors who meet income requirements to exchange four vouchers for $20 worth of farm goods, according to 146th Legislative District Rep. Mark Painter. Recipients receive a list of participating farmers and farmers’ markets with their vouchers.

Qualifying participants must be age 60 or older by Dec. 31, and have a total household income before taxes of less than $21,589 for a single person, $29,100 for a couple, and $36,611 for a family of three. Call Painter’s office at 610-326-9563 for information on qualifying and enrolling.

Vouchers are distributed until depleted Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Pottstown Cluster Outreach Center, 137 Walnut St., Pottstown; and Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pottstown Senior Center at Berean Bible Church, 2675 E. High St. Sanatoga.

The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Painter is a member of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.

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