Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

The Issue

Less than one-third of older adults in the United States eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, which are vital to preventing and treating health problems. 

Our Impact

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. 

Overview

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.

Who is eligible?

  • Age 60 and older  (or turn 60 by 12/31/2021)
  • Resides in Erie County
  • Household incomes of not more than 185% of the federal poverty guidelines (one-person household at or below $23,828 and two-person household at or below $32,227) 

How to Apply

APPLICATION

Eligible Seniors may receive vouchers at our designated Community Distribution Events. These events may be accessed below by clicking on the Information link. 

  • Seniors may receive vouchers only one time during the 2021 Program Year. This will be verified at the time of pick-up.
  • The application is not required for seniors receiving vouchers in person.  The application may allow for a quicker process and less contact. 
  • The Senior may appoint a proxy to pick their vouchers up for them.  A completed application is required in order for a proxy to receive vouchers for the eligible senior.  This year, the applciation may be used in place of the Proxy form. The application may be downloaded, printed, and completed. Proxies will be required to show proof of ID along with the application.  A person may proxy for not more than four eligible seniors.
  • If you are unable to print off the application, you may call GECAC at (814) 459-4581 Ext. 523 and request an application be mailed to you.  You may also call this number if you have questions about accessing vouchers.

Vouchers will NOT be distributed at:

  • GECAC Senior Centers
  • Locations outside the designated dates /hours of distribution.
  • GECAC's main office. 

We will practice masking and safe distancing at these events.

Community Distribution Events / Rules and Procedures

DATES / INFORMATION

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.

Nutrition Education

Information on basic nutrition, shopping, cooking, and food safety can be found at https://www.nutrition.gov/ 

Request More Info

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Information
(814) 459-4581 Ext. 523
sfmnp@gecac.org