Farmers market vouchers available to Lackawanna County senior citizens

For Abington Journal | June 21st, 2016 11:28 am

SCRANTON — Lackawanna County’s Area Agency on Aging, in cooperation with the state Department of Agriculture, will distribute Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers at 10 senior community centers, beginning Wednesday, June 22.

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.

Those who qualify are Lackawanna County residents who will be 60 or older by Dec. 31 and whose annual income does not exceed $21,978 for a single person, $29,637 for a couple or $37,296 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 in the form of a utility bill or a driver’s license.

Vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 9 a.m. 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

Distribution dates and sites are as follows:

Wednesday, June 22: North Pocono Senior Center, 12 John Michaels Drive, Covington Township

Thursday, June 23: Downtown Senior Center, 305 Penn Ave., Scranton

Monday, June 27: Taylor Community Center, 700 S. Main St., Taylor

Tuesday, June 28: Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road, Clarks Summit

Friday, July 1: West Side Senior Center, 1004 Jackson St., Scranton

Tuesday, July 5: Carbondale Senior Center, 66 N. Church St., Carbondale

Wednesday, July 6: South Side Senior Center, 425 Alder St., Scranton

Friday, July 8: Dunmore Senior Center, 1414 Monroe Ave., Dunmore

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

Wednesday, July 13: Jewish Community Center, 601 Jefferson Ave., Scranton

For more information, call the Area Agency on Aging at 570-963-6740.

For Abington Journal

Information provided by Lackawanna County.