Farmer Market Nutrition Program to Begin Soon

CLEARFIELD – Once again the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc., in cooperation with the PA Department of Agriculture, will be distributing Farmer Market Nutrition Program food vouchers. This program provides eligible, older citizens of Pennsylvania with vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown or can be grown in Pennsylvania. In Clearfield County, the distribution of FMNP vouchers will begin June 22 and run through Sept. 30 or until all vouchers are distributed.

Four $5 vouchers will be distributed to individuals 60 years of age and older applying in Clearfield County who meet income eligibility and residency requirements. The income limit this year is $20,036 for a single person and $26,955 for a married couple. Identification showing date of birth and county (or town) residency is required when vouchers are picked up. A Social Security Card is not a valid form of identification for this purpose.
Eligible individuals who cannot pick up their vouchers may name a Proxy to pick these up for them by signing an authorized Proxy form. Proxy forms are available at all county Centers for Active Living. The form must be signed by the eligible individual prior to picking up the vouchers, and identification for both persons must be submitted by the proxy when applying for vouchers.

Each of the centers has a set schedule on when these vouchers may be picked up. Beginning the week of June 22 the schedule for FMNP voucher distribution is as follows: Coalport Center for Active Living – 672-3574, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; DuBois Senior & Community Center –371-4000, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Houtzdale Family Service Center – 378-5120, Mondays and Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Karthaus Center for Active Living –263-7277, Tuesdays, noon – 1:00 p.m.; Kylertown Center for Active Living –345-6338, Fridays, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; and Mahaffey Center for Active Living – 277-4544, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

In the beginning, vouchers for the Clearfield area will be distributed at the Clearfield County Career & Technology Center, 1620 River Road, Clearfield, Mondays and Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the following dates: June 22, 25, and 29, and July 2 and 9. Beginning July 13, the vouchers will be available only at the Clearfield Center for Active Living – 765-9319, Mondays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Distribution of the vouchers will be assisted by volunteers of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the Volunteer Center of Clearfield County.

Those individuals who are interested in having lunch at a Center are asked to call one day in advance to make their reservation. Any individual over the age of 60 may reserve a lunch and contribute to the cost of the meal on a donation basis. The cost of a meal of a person under 60 is $3.00.

For more information, call your local Center for Active Living or the CCAAA at 765-2696 or 1-800-225-8571, or visit our Web site.

Programs and services of the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc. are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Mature Resources Foundation, and local and client contributions.

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