Second distribution planned for farmers market vouchers

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging is still offering vouchers for Pennsylvania’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

The organization has scheduled a second distribution day for 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 from the agency’s office in Lewistown, as well as at the Four Seasons Senior Center at CJEMS Lane in Mifflintown.

Each eligible senior may receive four $5 checks, for a total benefit of $20, only redeemable once during the program year. According to state guidelines, seniors who have already received their checks this year cannot get a second set of checks.

Senior farmers market vouchers are designed to provide low income seniors with fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from approved farmers in Pennsylvania. Recipients will be given a list of participating farmers and farmers markets when they receive their checks. Qualifying seniors must be 60 or older by Dec. 31. Proof of age is required. The following household income guidelines are also in place: one person, $22,459; two people, $30,451; three people, $38,443; four people, $46,435; five people, $54,427; six people , $62,419.

Vouchers are redeemable at local farmers markets through Nov. 30. Seniors living in nursing home facilities, convents, or residential facilities with provided meals are not eligible.

Anyone picking up someone else’s checks for them, must have a proxy form completed and signed in advance by the person for whom the vouchers are being picked up. Proxy forms are available at MJ Regional Services’ office, 249 W. Third St., Lewistown, and at Four Seasons Senior Center in Mifflintown.

For more information or to coordinate an alternate time to receive vouchers, call (717) 242-0315.