Last year, GECAC Area Agency on Aging provided $75,000 worth of fruits and vegetables to 3,750 Erie County seniors through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.
The Senior Farmers Market Voucher Program provides low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods (fruits, vegetables, and fresh-cut herbs) at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs.
This program is important for seniors because it provides financial support for access to healthy, fresh produce that may otherwise be difficult to come by or afford. Senior hunger and health complications affect many elderly individuals nationwide. Access to fresh produce can help seniors gets the nutrients they need to maintain a healthy diet.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, vouchers will not be distributed in person.
Mail your application to:
Greater Erie Community Action Committee
18 West 9th Street
Erie PA, 16501
Email your application to email@example.com
GECAC will be mailing vouchers directly to your house. Vouchers will not be available at senior centers or GECAC offices.Participating Market Information
Go to www.pafmnp.org to search the online farmers market and farm stand database or download the FMNP app. The PA FMNP app is available in the Google Play store and the Apple Store for free. Search for PA FMNP farmers market locator and download the app.
Contact the market for changes to operating hours before visiting.
Information on basic nutrition, shopping, cooking, and food safety can be found at https://www.nutrition.gov/