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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 12/31/2020)
  • Resides in Erie County
  • Household incomes of not more than 185% of the federal poverty guidelines (one-person household at or below $23,606 and two-person household at or below $31,894) 

How to Apply

APPLICATION

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, vouchers will not be distributed in person. 

  1. Complete the application. The application can be printed and filled out with a pen or you can save the application and complete the PDF fillable document on your computer. Request that an application is mailed to you by calling (814) 459-4581 ext. 523.
  2. We will not be requiring Proxy forms. Seniors may assign someone to shop for them by giving them the vouchers.
  3. Return your application via mail or email by  September 23, 2020. Vouchers are available on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Mail your application to:

Greater Erie Community Action Committee
Attn: SFMP
18 West 9th Street
Erie PA, 16501

Email your application to sfmnp@gecac.org  

How You Will Receive Your Vouchers

GECAC will be mailing vouchers directly to your house. Vouchers will not be available at senior centers or GECAC offices.

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