On Tuesday, June 16, Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging began distributing Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks for Potter County senior citizens. These checks are through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Each senior citizen receives four $6 checks per year. Due to COVID-19, check distribution rules have changed. Contact the local senior center at the numbers listed below or call Barb Kiel at the Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible senior citizens with checks to use at approved farmers markets to purchase qualifying fresh fruits and vegetables through Nov. 30. The checks will be issued through Sept. 30.

SFMNP checks may only be used to purchase produce grown in Pennsylvania or produce that was purchased directly from a Pennsylvania farmer. Some of the produce that qualifies under the program includes beans, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, onions, potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini. No citrus fruits or tropical fruits are eligible under the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Processed foods are also ineligible to be purchased through this program.

Potter County senior citizens, age 60 or older, who meet income guidelines are eligible for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Income is based on the total income for 2019.

Seniors who reside in nursing homes, personal care homes or other residential facilities where meals are provided are not eligible for this program.

Vendors that are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for this program display a sign indicating that the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are accepted. A list of local farmers markets can be obtained at the Potter County Senior Centers or Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging.

  • Ulysses Senior Center, 522 Main St., Ulysses, Monday–Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 814-848-9880.
  • Oswayo Valley Senior Center, 128 Lyons St., Shinglehouse, Monday–Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 814-697-7178.
  • Galeton Senior Center in St. Bibiana Parish Hall, 111 Germania St., Galeton, Wednesday–Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 814-435-2864.
  • Coudersport Senior Center in Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department Training Center, 171 Route 6 West, Coudersport, Wednesday–Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information, contact Barb Kiel, Potter County Area Agency on Aging, at 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.