WEST CHESTER, PA — In celebration of National Farmers’ Market Week, state Senator Carolyn Comitta is reminding Chester County seniors that they can receive credits for free fruits and vegetables from participating farmers through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).
“Our local farmers’ markets are community treasures delivering fresh, quality, and healthy produce for our residents to enjoy,” Comitta said. “Through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, eligible seniors can enjoy some of our local farm products for free. This is a great program to make healthy and nutritious food options more readily available to our older neighbors and I encourage all eligible seniors to apply.”
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture provides lower-income seniors with fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from approved farmers in Pennsylvania.
Each eligible resident receives five $10 SFMNP checks that can be redeemed at over 1,160 participating farmers, 828 farm stands, and 88 farmers’ markets across the state. To find a farmers’ market or farm stand that accepts FMNP checks go to www.pafmnp.pa.gov
To qualify you must be aged 60 years or older (or turn 60 by 12/31/2023) and meet household income eligibility guidelines. For a one-person household, total income cannot exceed $26,973. For a two-person household, total income cannot exceed $36,482.
Completed applications must be received by the Chester County Department of Aging before September 15, 2023. Applications are accepted by mail to Chester County Department of Aging, 601 Westtown Road, Suite 320, West Chester, PA 19380, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) go to www.agriculture.pa.gov