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Farmer's Market Bounty Available to Seniors

Income-eligible Philadelphia residents, age 60 or older by December 31, 2011, may receive the vouchers at PCA’s main office at 642 North Broad Street (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays) and at other designated sites. Proof of age (60 or older) and residence in the city of Philadelphia must be presented to receive vouchers. Acceptable forms of identification include Pennsylvania driver’s license, Pennsylvania non-driver’s ID, or a utility bill.

To receive the produce vouchers, total 2010 household income must not exceed the following guidelines:
 

1 person: $20,147             3 people: $34,281
2 people: $27,214       4 people: $41,348

 

For questions about eligibility and more information, including voucher distribution sites, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040, starting July 11.

The vouchers, made available through funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and must be used before November 30, 2011.

According to Helen Cooke, PCA’s assistant director for health and nutrition services, five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day provide important vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help decrease the risk of chronic disease. 

In 2010, nearly 36,250 older Philadelphians took advantage of the free vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from certified vendors that grow food in Pennsylvania.