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Farmers Market Vouchers Available

Lackawanna County seniors will once again be able to participate in a popular program that has grown over the years in conjunction with the local farmers market.

The Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley announced that the County’s Area Agency on Aging, in cooperation with the State Department of Agriculture, will be distributing Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers at 10 senior community centers, beginning Monday, June 23.

Under the program, each eligible senior can receive up to four $5 vouchers that can be redeemed at participating farmers markets and farm stands for fresh fruit and produce.

The County has 20,000 vouchers available for distribution this year explained Colin Holmes, Area Agency on Aging Administrator.   The program is beneficial to both seniors and farmers.

“It provides eligible senior consumers with the nutritional benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables and a small boost to local farmers who participate in the program and attract shoppers who otherwise might not visit their stands,” said Mr. Holmes.

Those who qualify are Lackawanna County residents who will be 60 or older by December 31 and whose annual income does not exceed $21,590 for a single person, $29,101 for a couple or $36,612 for a three person household.  Proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate must be provided along with proof of Lackawanna County residency – a utility bill or a driver’s license.

Vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, beginning at 9 AM at the centers.  Seniors who are unable to visit a site may appoint a proxy to pick up a voucher for them.  Proxy forms can be obtained at the Area Agency on Aging, local senior centers or online at www.lackawannacounty.org.

Distribution dates and sites include:

Monday, June 23: Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road, Clarks Summit

Wednesday, June 25: North Pocono Senior Center, 12 John Michaels Drive, Covington Township

Thursday, June 26: Carbondale Senior Center, 66 N. Church Street, Carbondale

Monday, June 30: West Side Senior Center, 1004 Jackson Street, Scranton

Wednesday, July 2: Downtown Senior Center, 305 Penn Avenue, Scranton

Wednesday, July 9: Dunmore Senior Center, 1414 Monroe Avenue, Dunmore

Friday, July 11: Mid Valley Senior Center, Green Wave Heritage Apts., 310 Church St., Jessup

Monday, July 14: South Side Senior Center, 425 Alder Street, Scranton

Wednesday, July 16: Jewish Community Center, 601 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton

Friday, July 18: Taylor Community Center, 700 S. Main Street, Taylor

Any questions on the program should be directed to the Area Agency on Aging at (570) 963-6740.

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