State News for Pennsylvania

Written by: Susan Milligan, from AARP

Eat your veggies

In a state where nearly 1 in 7 people age 60+ do not consistently have enough to eat, AARP is promotion a state program that helps some older Pennsylvanians buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides up to $20 in vouchers to help eligible people produce locally grown produce at 190 farmers markers and 800 roadside stands across the state. Individuals who will be 60 or older by Dec. 31 are eligible if their annual income does not exceed $21,775. For couples, the income limit is $29,471.

“Hunger among older people is particularly worrisome because many of them have medical conditions that can be better managed through nutrition,” said Bill Johnston-Walsh, AARP state director.

For more information or to apply for the vouchers, contact your local Area Agency on Aging.