Each year, Lancaster County Office of Aging distributes vouchers that can be used at farmers markets to purchase Pennsylvania-grown fruits and vegetables.
The vouchers are part of a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture program that supports local farmers and provides nutrition to people age 60 and over.
To participate in the program, a person needs to live in Lancaster County and be 60 years or older by Dec. 31, 2020.
Annual income must be at or below $23,606 for one person or $31,894 for two people, and voucher recipients may not live in a facility where their food is provided.
This year, there are changes to the program. Each eligible person will receive four vouchers valued at $6 each, instead of $5 as in previous years.
The vouchers can only be obtained by completing a short application and mailing it to Lancaster County Office of Aging.
Due to the pandemic, the vouchers will not be distributed in person at either the senior centers or the Office of Aging.
Once a completed application is received, the vouchers and a list of markets will be mailed to the applicant’s home.
The application is available on the Lancaster County Office of Aging website, www.lancoaging.org, or it can be obtained by calling the Office of Aging at (717) 299-7979.