Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging is distributing senior farmers market nutrition program checks for Potter County senior citizens from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Each senior citizen receives one set of four $5 checks per year.
The program provides eligible senior citizens with checks to use at approved farmer’s markets to purchase qualifying fresh fruits and vegetables through Nov. 30. The checks will be issued through Sept. 30 at Potter County Senior Centers and the Potter County Human Services AAA.
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, such as jam, honey, cider and baked goods are also ineligible to be purchased through this program.
Potter County senior citizens, age 60 or older, whose income is $23,107 or less for a single person or $31,284 or less for a couple, or $39,461 or less for three people or $47,638 or less for four people are eligible for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Income is based on the total income for 2018.
Proof of income is not required, however, the applicant must sign a register verifying that their income meets the income guidelines and show proof of age and address. A valid driver’s license will work for proof of both to be issued the checks
To pick up checks for another individual, pick up a proxy form to be competed by both individuals and then returned to the distribution stop.
This is also the procedure for husband/wife or wife/husband.
All sites have forms available.
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 check distribution sites.
Senior citizens will be able to sign up for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks at the following locations:
• Ulysses Senior Center
Ulysses Community Bldg.
522 Main Street
Ulysses; Monday – Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Oswayo Valley Senior Center
128 Lyons Street
Shinglehouse, Monday – Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Galeton Senior Center
St. Bibiana Parish Hall
111 Germania Street
Galeton, Wednesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Coudersport Senior Center
Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept. Training Center
171 Rt. 6 West
Coudersport, Wednesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Potter County Human Services AAA
62 North Street
Roulette — by appointment only, ask for Barb Kiel at 814-544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.
For more information, contact Barb Kiel, Potter County Area Agency on Aging at 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.