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The Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne/Wyoming Counties still has available Senior Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers for any senior who qualifies and has not yet received vouchers for this program year.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition program was established in 2002 by the Federal and State Dept. of Agriculture to assist seniors in obtaining fresh nutritious fruits and vegetables and to increase the sales and awareness of local farmers in the area.

To be eligible for the vouchers, an individual is required to: 1) be at least 60 or turn 60 this year, 2) live in Luzerne or Wyoming Counties, and 3) meet the income requirements – one person in household, $21,257; two people in household, $28,694.

Documentation of age and residency is required- a driver’s license or photo license is sufficient. Only one set of vouchers ($20) is allowed per individual per year. Also, anyone residing in an assisted living facility, nursing home or convent where meals are provided does not qualify for the program.

Each eligible senior will then receive four $5 vouchers which can only be used to purchase Pennsylvania grown fresh fruits and vegetables from a participating farmers market stand. No baked goods, meat, eggs, jams, nuts and honey or apple cider (processed foods) are allowed to be purchased with the vouchers.

If a senior is unable to pick up the vouchers, he/she can send someone in their place as long as the person presents a signed and completed proxy form when picking up the vouchers. This includes husbands, wives and individuals with power of attorney.

A voucher distribution is set for 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6 and Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 93 N. State St., Wilkes-Barre.

For more information, call Rhonda Adams at 822-1159 Ext. 3337.

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