AUTHOR: Sandy Schuckers
AGENCY: Centre County Office of Aging
FARMERS’ MARKET VOUCHER PROGRAM 2022
As we turn the corner from winter to spring and then to summer and the growing season, it is time again for the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Voucher Program distributed by the Centre County Office of Aging.
This year, there are several ways for those eligible to receive the once-a-year Farmers’ Market Vouchers. Applications are available by mail as well as in person distribution at Centre County Senior apartment buildings. The program distribution both by mail and in person are to allow everyone the ability to access the program at their comfort level in terms of the number of people in a space and ease of access.
Remaining the same as past years, participants must be 60 or over by December 31, meet the income guidelines, and be a resident of Centre County. Income is self-declared; no documentation is needed, but requires a signature on the Federal form verifying gross income guidelines are met.
Income guidelines: One Person, $25,142; Two People, $33,874. Any stimulus funds received is not counted in the guidelines. However, any unemployment is to be included when looking at the guidelines. Each eligible person receives four $6 checks for a total of $24.The checks are for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables that must be grown in Pennsylvania. Checks must be spent at a participating vendor at a Farmers' Market; they can’t be spent in a grocery store.
To receive the application to begin the process to receive the vouchers by mail, please do one of the following:
1. Call the Office of Aging at 814-355-6716 to provide your name and mailing address if you want to participate by mail.
2. Call the Office of Aging for an up-to-date list of local locations as well as times for in person distribution.
2. Email the Office of Aging at firstname.lastname@example.org your name and mailing address listing FMV or vouchers in your email.
Once the application has been completed, mail it to:
FMV c/o Centre County Office of Aging
420 Holmes St., Room 245
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Forms can also be faxed to 814.355.6757.
The vouchers will be mailed back to the participant after the application has been reviewed.
This is a first come, first serve program. Each person will receive the vouchers one time per year.
To find a farmer’s market or farm stand with eligible farmers please download the FMNP app. The PA FMNP app is available in the Google Play store and the Apple Store for free. Search for PA FMNP Farmers’ Market locator and down load the app.
Or go to www.pafmnp.org to search the online farmers market and farm stand database.
The first day to spend the vouchers is June 1 and all vouchers must be spent by November 30, 2021.
Those who have received the vouchers in the past have shared how much they enjoy and appreciate being able to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. “I look forward to fresh strawberries. I make the best strawberry jam each year.” or “I love how fresh it all tastes”.
For more information or with questions, please call 814.355.6716 or email email@example.com