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Last month our article highlighted the annual Spring Fling Health & Wellness event at Gettysburg College. We had wonderful support from 72 exhibitors as well as approximately 325 attendees and we are very pleased that the event went well. Hopefully everyone went home with some fun giveaways and more importantly, information that may be helpful if future services and supports are needed. This month we are focusing on Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).

Each June, the PA Department of Agriculture in partnership with Adams County Office for Aging Inc. (ACOFA), provides vouchers which can be used by adults age 60 and over to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmer’s markets. Voucher distribution kicks off today (June 10) and continues until all vouchers have been given out. The vouchers are available at the seven Senior Centers around the county and the ACOFA office to people age 60-plus who live in Adams County and meet the income guidelines.

For 2019, the income eligibility limit is $23,107 for a single person and $31,284 for a married couple. Each person who qualifies will receive four $5 vouchers for a total of $20 worth of produce purchased from participating farmer’s markets. Married couples are eligible to get two sets of vouchers — one for each person (if both are 60+.) Each household will also receive a list of participating markets where vouchers are accepted.

To receive vouchers, eligible people should go to the ACOFA office at 318 W. Middle St. in Gettysburg or stop in at any one of the seven Senior Centers. Applicants must bring identification to verify age and residence. The income for this program is self-declared, which means that by signing for the vouchers, the person is stating that they are income eligible. A signed, completed Proxy Form is required for anyone picking up vouchers for another person. Even if the person picking up the vouchers has power of attorney, the proxy form is required. These forms are available at ACOFA and senior centers. Vouchers will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Each person may receive one set of vouchers each year.

We are very happy to report that SFMNP participants will be able to once more double the value of their vouchers through the Double Dollars Program which is generously sponsored by the Gettysburg Hospital Foundation. Double Dollars works in cooperation with the Adams County Farmer’s Market Association. The ACFMA market is located in the parking lot of the Transit Center at 103 Carlisle St. in Gettysburg, open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Shoppers using vouchers should go to the market information table after purchasing to receive a token for each dollar spent. Tokens may be used to shop for more delicious, healthy local produce.

The vouchers through the SFMNP may be used to purchase produce at any participating farmer’s market in Pennsylvania. However, it is very important to know that vouchers are only eligible for the Double Dollars Program when they are used at the market listed above.

For more information about vouchers or a list of senior center locations, contact ACOFA at 334-9296 or 1-800-548-3240. To learn more about the Adams County Farm Fresh Markets, visit http://www.acfarmersmarkets.org

Linda Thompson is the community services director for the Adams County Office for Aging Inc. She may be contacted by e-mail at lthomp@acofa.org.

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