The Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging will again be the distributing agency for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks in 2018.
The purpose of the FMNP, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, is to provide to seniors resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared fruits and vegetables from farmers markets and to expand the awareness and use of farmers markets and increase sales at such markets.
Eligible individuals receive four $5 checks for a total benefit of $20 one time during the program year. FMNP checks may only be used to purchase produce grown in Pennsylvania. FMNP checks may not be used at grocery stores.
The first day to use 2018 FMNP checks is June 1; the last day is Nov. 30.
Questions may be directed to Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging (717) 273-9262.
Program highlights for 2018 are as follows:
Eligibility – Eligible individuals must be Lebanon County residents and must be 60 years of age or older during 2018. Household income guidelines are: one person, $22,459; two people, $30,451; three people, $38,443; four people, $46,435; five people, $54,427; and six people, $62,419.
When picking up checks, individuals must show proof of residence and age. Proof of income need not be shown; it is a “self-declaration.”
Proxy Forms – If an eligible senior is unable to pick up their own checks, they may have an authorized person, a “proxy,” pick up checks for them, provided the senior completes and signs the official proxy form.
Note: The proxy signing the proxy form must be the same person picking up the checks and signing the check register for the senior.
Completed proxy forms, limited to four per proxy, must be brought to the distribution site by the proxy in order to receive checks for the eligible senior. Blank proxy forms will be available at all distribution sites in advance.
The 2018 distribution schedule is as follows. Please note: Distribution times vary at each location.
June 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Maple Street Community Center, 710 Maple St., First Floor Auditorium, Lebanon
June 6, 10 a.m. to noon – Washington Arms Apartments, 300 Chestnut St., Lebanon
June 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Maple Street Community Center, 710 Maple St., First Floor Auditorium, Lebanon
June 8, 10 a.m. to noon – The Willows Apartments, 609 N. 12th St., Lebanon
June 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Myerstown Senior Center, 59 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown
June 13, 10 a.m. to noon – Northern Lebanon Center, 335 N. Lancaster St., Jonestown
June 14, 10 a.m. to noon – Townehouse Apartments, 1111 Reinoehl St., Lebanon
June 19, 10 a.m. to noon – Stevens Towers Apartments, 10th and Willow streets, Lebanon
June 21, 10 a.m. to noon – Annville Senior Center, 200 S. White Oak St., Annville
June 25, 10 a.m. to noon – Poplar Terrace Apartments, 605 S. Eighth St,, Lebanon
June 26, 10 a.m. to noon –Willow Terrace Apartments, Eighth and Willow streets, Lebanon
June 27, 10 a.m. to noon – Palmyra Senior Center, 101 S. Railroad St., Palmyra
June 27, 1-2 p.m. – Palmview Apartments, 255 W. North Ave., Palmyra
Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging cannot guarantee checks to eligible seniors at each distribution site. Checks are handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Eligible seniors are welcome to attend any distribution sites to receive checks. If an eligible senior resides in one high-rise, for example, he/she may go to any other high-rise or any senior center to receive checks.