|By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is once again offering its Farmers Market Nutrition Program to low-income seniors and people receiving benefits through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
The Farmers Market Nutrition Program offers eligible seniors and families four $6 checks to redeem at qualified farmers’ markets or roadside stands in exchange for fresh fruits and vegetables that were grown in, or can be grown in, Pennsylvania. The checks may not be used to purchase processed foods, such as jams, honeys, cider or baked goods, or for citrus and other tropical fruits.
To find participating markets near you, visit www.pafmnp.pa.gov
Families receiving WIC are eligible for the program, as are senior citizens age 60 and older who meet income guidelines. For a single senior, income may not exceed $23,828. For a two-person household, income may not exceed $32,227.
Checks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, visit the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties website at www.luzernecounty.org/847/Aging
, under the “News” tab.
Paper applications are also available at my district office, located at 1 W. Broad St., Suite 100, in downtown Hazleton.
Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office