SCRANTON — Lackawanna County senior citizens will be able to participate in the local farmers market voucher program.
Lackawanna County Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Patrick M. O’Malley and Edward G. Staback announced the 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 Tuesday, June 23.
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. It gives 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 20,000 vouchers available for distribution.
Those who qualify are Lackawanna County residents who will be age 60 or older by Dec. 31 and whose annual income does not exceed $21,775 for a single person, $29,471 for a couple or $37,167 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 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 www.lackawannacounty.org.
Distribution dates and sites include:
Tuesday, June 23: Carbondale Senior Center, 66 N. Church St., Carbondale
Wednesday, July 1: North Pocono Senior Center, 12 John Michaels Drive, Covington Township
Monday, July 6: Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road, Clarks Summit
Wednesday, July 8: Mid Valley Senior Center, Green Wave Heritage Apts., 310 Church St., Jessup
Friday, July 10: Taylor Community Center, 700 S. Main St., Taylor
Tuesday, July 14: Dunmore Senior Center, 1414 Monroe Ave., Dunmore
Thursday, July 16: West Side Senior Center, 1004 Jackson St., Scranton
Monday, July 20: South Side Senior Center, 425 Alder St., Scranton
Wednesday, July 22: Jewish Community Center, 601 Jefferson Ave., Scranton
Friday, July 24: Downtown Senior Center, 305 Penn Ave., Scranton
Any questions on the program should be directed to the Area Agency on Aging at 570-963-6740.