May. 22, 2017

HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is encouraging eligible seniors in Luzerne and Wyoming counties to take part in a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture program that provides vouchers worth $20 that can be used to purchase produce at participating farmers markets and roadside stands.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program was established in 2002 to promote the consumption of fresh, nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables among older Pennsylvanians.

To qualify, seniors must be 60 or older by Dec. 31. Participants must also have a total household income, before taxes, of less than $22,331 for a single person and $30,044 for a couple. Proof of age and county residency are required. A Pennsylvania driver’s license or photo ID is sufficient to prove eligibility for the program, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

Vouchers are provided on a first-come, first-served basis by the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. Four $5 vouchers will be handed out per person. Please contact the agency if there are more than two persons in a household.

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.

Vouchers will be distributed at the following dates, times and locations during the month of June:
• Friday, June 2, Hazleton Active Adult Center, 24 E. Broad St., Hazleton, from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 14, Freeland Active Adult Center, 701 Chestnut St., Freeland, from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Thursday, June 15, Mountaintop Active Adult Center, Wright Manor Apartments, 460 S. Main Road, Mountaintop, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 21, Butler Twp. Active Adult Center, 411 W. Butler Drive, Drums, from 9 a.m. to noon.
• Tuesday, June 27, Shickshinny Active Adult Center, 17 W. Vine St., Shickshinny, from 10 a.m. to noon.
• Friday, June 30, Detweiler Farms, 165 Tunnel Road, White Haven, from 10 a.m. to noon.

There are currently more than 1,000 farmers participating in the voucher program. To find a qualified location, visit and click on “Senior Farmers Market Voucher Participants.”

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136 /