Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings announced that the county’s Area Agency on Aging, in cooperation with the State Department of Agriculture, will distribute Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers at either senior community centers or public facilities beginning June 15.
Under the program, each eligible senior can receive up to four $5 vouchers that may be redeemed at participating farmers markets and farm stands for fresh fruit and produce. The vouchers give senior citizens access to locally grown produce and directs shoppers to area farmers they generally may not see on a regular basis.
The county has over 20,000 vouchers available for distribution.
Those who qualify are Lackawanna County residents who will be 60 or older by Dec. 31, 2018 and whose annual income does not exceed $22,459 for a single person, $30,451 for a couple or $38,443 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 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the centers, unless otherwise indicated. Seniors unable to visit a site may appoint a proxy to pick-up a voucher for them. Proxy forms may be obtained at the Area Agency on Aging, local senior centers or online at www.lackawannacounty.org.
Distribution dates and sites include:
Friday, June 15: PA Anthracite Heritage Museum, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton, 9 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, June 19: Taylor Community Center, 700 S. Main Street, Taylor
Wednesday, June 20: North Pocono Senior Center, 12 John Michaels Drive, Covington Township
Thursday, June 21: Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road, Clarks Summit
Monday, June 25: Jewish Community Center, 601 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton
Wednesday, June 27: Dunmore Senior Center, 1414 Monroe Avenue, Dunmore
Tuesday, July 10: Carbondale Senior Center, 66 North Church Street, Carbondale
Wednesday, July 11: West Scranton Senior Center, 1004 Jackson Street, Scranton
Thursday, July 12: The Marketplace At Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, 2 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 14: South Scranton Farmers Market, 300 Block of Alder Street, Scranton, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, July 16: Mid Valley Senior Center, 310 Church Street, Jessup
Wednesday, July 18: South Scranton Senior Center, 425 Alder Street, Scranton
Friday, July 20: Throop Civic Center 500 Sanderson Avenue, Throop
Any questions on the program should be directed to the Area Agency on Aging at 570-963-6740.