June 19, 2012 |

Farmers' market vouchers for senior citizens will be distributed on June 26

Senior Citizens' Farmers' Market vouchers will be distributed on the Hilltop on Tuesday, June 26.

The Allentown Senior Centers will distribute the vouchers as follows: The Hilltop Center, 631 E. Warrington Avenue, will distribute checks from 9 - 11 a.m. and Henry Kaufmann Center, 2201 Salisbury Street from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call Allentown Senior Center at 412-481-5484.

Elder-ado centers will distribute vouchers as follows: Carrick Center, 2019 Brownsville Road, 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Knoxville Center, 320 Brownsville Road, 9-11 a.m.; McKinley Park Center, 900 Delmont Street, noon – 2 p.m. The centers will distribute the vouchers until the stated time or until they run out.

To qualify, seniors must be 60 years old, live in Allegheny County and meet income requirements: $20, 665 for one person; $27,991 for two people including all income (pension, social security, interest, dividends, etc.)

Photo ID, proof of residency and birthdate is required to receive checks. Proxy forms are available at the centers. All proxy forms must be completed correctly prior to the distribution date and presented on the date to receive vouchers. No proxy forms will be given out on the date of distribution.

New this year: In order to promote healthy eating and support the local economy the definition of "Eligible Produce" has been changed. The new 2012 definition is: "Farmers' Market Nutrition Program customers may buy only the fruits and vegetables grown in Pennsylvania or purchased directly from a farmer in a neighboring state. Neighboring states include: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. Produce cannot be purchased from a wholesale business."

Example – tomatoes that were grown in California or Florida aren't eligible.

All participating farmers have been informed of this change and will adhere to the new definition.

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