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Seniors will receive farmers' market checks

 

June 23, 2009



Health experts recommend eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables everyday for better health. Good nutrition is a critical factor in the health and well being of older Americans.

The Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides eligible Pennsylvania citizens with checks to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, grown or growable in Pennsylvania at their local farmers' market.

Allegheny County residents, 60 plus years of age with total 2008 net income of $20,036 (single individual) and $26,955 (married couple). Married couples are eligible to receive two sets of checks, one for the wife and one for the husband.

Recipient or proxy must sign the FMNP check at the time of purchase. If consumer signs the check prior to purchase, the farmer will not accept the check. Lost or stolen checks can not be replaced—AAA must be notified immediately. FMNP checks will be accepted until November 30, 2009.

Seniors must bring proof of age and residency to receive checks. Checks for this program will be distributed as follows:

Allentown Senior Center (Hilltop Center) 631 E. Warrington Avenue, 412-481-5484, on Tuesday, July 7 from 9-11 a.m.

Allentown Senior Center (Kaurmann Center) at the Arlington Recreation Center on Salisbury Street, 412431-0557, on Tuesday, July 7 from 1-3 p.m.

Elder-Ado (Carrick), 2019 Brownsville Road in the lower level of the Zion Christian Church - Entrance on Madeline Street, 412-881-6800, on Tuesday, July 7 from 8:30 -10:30 a.m.

Elder-Ado (Knoxville), 320 Brownsville Road, 412-381-6900 on Tuesday, July 7 from 10 a.m.-noon

Elder-Ado (Upper McKinley Park in Belzhoover) 900 Delmont Avenue, 412-481-2433, on Tuesday, July 7 from 12:30-2 p.m.

Any eligible consumer who is unable to get to the distribution centers, can obtain a Proxy Sheet at the Allentown Senior Center, 631 E. Warrington Avenue, Henry Kaufmann Center, 2201 Salisbury Street, or Elder-Ado, 320 Brownsville Road, to be filled out and signed prior to distribution date. Proxy sheets must be completely filled out in ink both by participant and proxy. Two Proxy sheets are allowed per person. (Proxies need not show proof of age and residency).

 

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