How seniors can apply for federal food voucher program during pandemic

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Normally, seniors who qualify for the federal Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program would receive vouchers at their local senior center, like the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) office. This year, they will be mailed out due to the pandemic.

Skylar Young, PCA special projects coordinator, said another change is the value of the vouchers. This time around, they're worth $24, which is more than last year.

“They can use these vouchers at farmers markets around the city, and when we send out the vouchers to them, they will also come with a market list broken up by neighborhood in the city,” Young explained. “It will be easy to find a location near them that will accept them.”

The vouchers are funded by the U.S Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

In 2019, the program served more than 35,000 Philadelphia seniors. Interested seniors who are new and eligible for the program can apply for the vouchers by calling the PCA at 215-765-9040. You can also email PCA at sfmnp@pcacares.org.

Information on eligibility can be found here.