The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging have again partnered to make the Farmers Market Nutrition Program available to Dauphin County residents over age 60.
FMNP vouchers, worth $20, may be redeemed for Pennsylvania-grown fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets and roadside stands in Dauphin County.
FMNP-eligible food is defined as “grown or able to be grown in Pennsylvania.” Vouchers are not accepted for citrus or tropical fruits, such as bananas, oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, tangerines, pineapples, or mangoes.
FMNP vouchers are not accepted for processed food, e.g., jams, honey, nuts, cider, or baked goods. FMNP vouchers cannot be used at grocery stores or supermarkets.
Eligible seniors will receive four vouchers worth $5 apiece for a total value of $20. Customers will not receive change if the FMNP purchase does not total $5. They may be offered additional FMNP-eligible food to make the purchase an even $5.
To be eligible, county residents age 60 and older must have an annual income less than $23,107 for a single individual, $31,284 for two people, $39,461 for three people, $47,638 for four people, $55,815 for five people, and $63,992 for six people.
The Farmers Market Nutrition Program does not include seniors who are living in nursing home facilities, convents, and residential facilities where meals are provided.
Proof of age and Dauphin County residency are required (driver’s license, photo ID, etc.).
Any person obtaining vouchers for another must present a completed and signed proxy form from the person for whom they are receiving vouchers. Contact the agency to have this form sent to you prior to your selected distribution date.
Vouchers are offered on a one-time-only per summer basis. Supplies are limited and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information or to receive a proxy form, contact Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging at (717) 780-6130.
Voucher distribution will take place at the following sites:
Monday, June 3, 9-11 a.m. – Zion Assembly of Harrisburg, 2101 N. Fifth St. (Fifth and Maclay), Harrisburg
Wednesday, June 5, 1-2:30 p.m. – B’nai B’rith, 130 S. Third St., Harrisburg
Friday, June 7, 8 a.m. to noon – Northern Dauphin County Human Services Center, 295 State Road, Elizabethville (Note: Any remaining vouchers for this site will be available at this same location on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 11, 9-10:30 a.m. – Steelton Senior Center, 900 Cumbler St., Steelton
Monday, June 10, 9-11 a.m. – Pheasant Hill Estates, 4400 Pheasant Hill Road, Harrisburg
Wednesday, June 12, 9-10:30 a.m. – Mohler Senior Center, 25 Hope Drive, Hershey
Friday, June 14, 9 a.m. to noon – Friendship Senior Center, 5000 Commons Drive, Harrisburg
Tuesday, June 18, 9-10:30 a.m. – Essex House, 320 Market St., Middletown