Low-income older adults and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program participants can now use vouchers to purchase fresh, local produce at farm stands across Pennsylvania.
• The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides low-income older adults with four vouchers totaling $20 that can be exchanged for fruits and vegetables grown in Pennsylvania. The funds cannot be used on processed foods like jams, honey, nuts, cider or baked goods, or citrus or tropical fruits.
To qualify for the program, individuals must be 60 or older by Dec. 31, 2011, with a total household income before taxes of less than $20,665 for a single person and $27,991 for two people.
• The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides vouchers to WIC recipients to purchase fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables from Pennsylvania farmers’ markets or roadside farm stands. Eligibility for this program is determined through local WIC agencies.
194 farmers markets and 1,195 roadside farm stands across the state participate in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program from June 1 to Nov. 30.