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Carbon County seniors eligible for fresh fruits and vegetables

Published June 12. 2012 05:01PM

The Senior Farmer's Market Program is being offered again this year to eligible Carbon County Seniors.

This program is made possible through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The Carbon County Area Agency on Aging staff will be distributing $20 in vouchers, free to eligible seniors for the purpose of encouraging older adults to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers who make their produce available at farmer's markets.

This program benefits seniors because good nutrition is a critical factor in their health and well being and it benefits Pennsylvania farmers through increased sales. Health experts recommend eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day for better health.

Eligibility requirements:

You must be a Carbon County resident age 60 or older with a gross annual income at or below $20,665 for a single person and $27,991 for a couple. Proof of age and residency is required by showing your driver's license or photo ID.

For those who cannot go to the distribution sites, a representative can pick up the vouchers for them, as long as they bring a completed proxy form signed by the person who the vouchers are for. The proxy form is needed for those picking up for their spouse as well. A couple is entitled to $20 each. The proxy forms are available in advance at all five senior centers and the Area Agency on Aging (1-800-441-1315). Persons may only receive these vouchers one time per season.

Vouchers will be distributed at the following dates and locations from noon to 2 p.m.:

Thursday, June 14 at Lehighton Senior Center, 243 S. 8th St., Lehighton

Friday, June 15 at Palmerton Senior Center, 501 Delaware Ave., Palmerton

Tuesday, June 19 at Jim Thorpe/Penn-Kidder Senior Center, Bear Creek Plaza, Route 903, Jim Thorpe

There will be an additional distribution on Friday, June 22 at Lehighton Senior Center, 243 S. 8th St. Lehighton from noon to 2 p.m. for those unable to get to the previous distribution sites.

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