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$50 in produce vouchers offered to older adults

Bill Conallen

Consuming fresh produce is vital for the health and well-being of older adults. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) helps older adults purchase fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Every summer, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) distributes vouchers to up to 36,000 older Philadelphians that can be used to buy fresh produce at certified farmers markets across Pennsylvania.

In 2024, the SFMNP will again provide $50 in vouchers to income-eligible residents of Philadelphia County who are aged 60 or older. These vouchers, issued in $10 increments, can be redeemed until Nov. 30 for produce grown in Pennsylvania or purchased directly from Pennsylvania farmers. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

“This program has significantly improved the health and well-being of older adults,” said Bea Winn, PCA’s assistant director of health and nutrition. “By providing access to fresh, nutritious produce, the program meets older adults’ nutritional needs, boosts the local economy and enhances community connections.”

The benefits of this program are substantial. Older adults are encouraged to maintain a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which supports overall health, reduces the risk of chronic disease and strengthens the immune system. Through the SFMNP, older adults can purchase a wide array of seasonal, locally sourced produce, fostering healthier eating habits and enhancing their well-being. The vouchers help older adults stretch their food budget and save money.

“When older adults redeem their vouchers at farmers markets, they directly support local farmers and bolster Pennsylvania’s agricultural economy,” said Skylar Young, PCA’s special project coordinator, who oversees produce voucher distribution in Philadelphia. “The SFMNP not only benefits older adults but also promotes environmental sustainability by reducing the carbon footprint associated with long-distance food transport.”

Distribution of SFMNP produce vouchers is underway now through Sept. 30, or while supplies last. Vouchers are distributed at PCA, 642 N. Broad St., on weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at other locations. For the latest information about the program and voucher availability, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040 or visit

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