CLEARFIELD – Vouchers for the Pennsylvania Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program continue to be made available to qualifying senior citizens in Clearfield County. The SFMNP provides eligible, older citizens of Pennsylvania with vouchers to purchase fruits and vegetables at registered farmers markets.
The vouchers will be distributed on Mondays only at the Clearfield Center for Active Living from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. The schedule for the other Centers remains unchanged: 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 (with the exception of July 9 and 10), 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Kylertown Center for Active Living –345-6338, Fridays, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; Mahaffey Center for Active Living – 277-4544, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Meyer Towers, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Wednesday July 11 only; Westover Fire Company, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 17 only; Gateway Towers, DuBois, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 17 only (residents only) and St. Michael Terrace, DuBois, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 17 only (residents only). The distribution of SFMNP vouchers will run through September 30 while supplies last.
FMNP customers may buy only the fruits and vegetables grown by the approved farmer or purchased directly from a farmer in a neighboring state. Neighboring states include: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. Produce purchased from a wholesaler is not permitted.
The produce must be fresh (not processed) and grown or grow-able in Pennsylvania. Four $5 vouchers will be distributed to Clearfield County individuals 60 years of age and older who meet income eligibility and residency requirements. The income limit this year is $20,665 for a single person and $27,991 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. Examples of acceptable identification include the following: a PA Drivers license, a state photo ID, an ATA Identification card, or a letter from the Social Security Administration stating age or date of birth.
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 and also on the agency’s website (www.ccaaa.net). 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.
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers are being made available in Clearfield County by the PA Department of Agriculture through the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging.
Those individuals who are interested in having lunch at a Center are asked to call prior to 9 a.m. 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 for a person under age 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 website at www.ccaaa.net.
Programs and services of the Agency are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc, Mature Resources Foundation, and local and consumer contributions.