Free Produce Available to Area Seniors through Voucher Program, Says Toohil
6/9/2020
HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is encouraging eligible seniors living in the 116th Legislative District to take advantage of a government program that provides vouchers worth $24 that can be used to purchase produce at participating farmers markets and roadside stands.

The vouchers are being provided by mail this year to ensure seniors can receive them without fear of being exposed to COVID-19. Each qualifying individual is allowed four $6 vouchers one time per program year.

To qualify for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), seniors must be 60 or older by Dec. 31, 2020, be a resident of Luzerne or Wyoming counties, and meet income guidelines. Participants must have a total household income, before taxes, of less than $23,606 for a single person and $31,894 for a couple. An individual is not eligible for the program if he or she resides in a nursing home, convent or residential facility where meals are prepared.

Eligible seniors are required to fill out a SFMNP application and mail it to the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. The voucher distribution by mail will be done through Sept. 30. Applications received after that date will not be accepted.

SFMNP applications are available for pickup at any of the Active Adult (senior) Centers listed on the agency’s website: www.luzernecounty.org, and from local legislators offices.

The completed SFMNP application can be mailed to: Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties, 93 N. State St., Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18701, or emailed to Rhonda.Adams@luzernecounty.org. Walk-in or drop-off applications will not be accepted because of social distancing restrictions. Please allow a few weeks for the application to be processed and for the vouchers to arrive in the mail.

This year, two participants can be included on one application, as long as they live at the same address. Each participant must complete their part of the application and both signatures must be on the application, or it will not be processed. Proxy forms are not required this year. Participants will be allowed to have someone pick up fruits and vegetables in the participant’s place with the vouchers.

To find a qualified farmers market, visit RepToohil.com and click on “SFMNP Locations” under the “Resources” tab.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717-260-6136
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