Produce vouchers available July 6
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will begin distributing Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program produce vouchers on Monday, July 6. This annual program encourages older adults to include fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet. Eligible Philadelphia seniors may receive $20 worth of produce vouchers, once per year, that can be used to purchase seasonal Pennsylvania-grown produce at certified famers’ markets throughout Philadelphia.
The vouchers will be distributed at PCA, 642 N. Broad St., on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at other sites throughout the city. A popular distribution site is the Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Sts., where the vouchers will be distributed on two Wednesdays, July 8 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and can be spent onsite.
In order to receive the vouchers, you must be an income-eligible Philadelphia resident who will be age 60 or older by the end of the year. The 2015 household income limits are $21,775 for individual, $29,471 for couples, $37,167 for three people and $44,863 for four people. (Proof of age and residency is required; income test is self-declaratory.) In 2014, 36,750 older Philadelphians received the vouchers. The program seeks to serve the same number of people this year.
According to Susan Gibson, MS, RD, LDN and PCA Nutrition Manager, consumption of fruits and vegetables should be an important part of each meal. “Fruits and vegetables provide important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants to help keep us healthy and feeling better, no matter what our age is! It is recommended that you fill half of your plate with produce,” said Gibson.
For more information, including distribution sites and farmers’ markets that accept the produce vouchers, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040 after July 1. The vouchers, made available through funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, must be used by November 30, 2015.