York County seniors now have an extended opportunity to enjoy fresh -- and free -- Pennsylvania fruits and veggies as part of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

For the 12th year, the York County Area Agency on Aging, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, is offering the program, which provides eligible seniors $20 in vouchers for fruits and vegetables from participating local farm markets.

"Any little bit will help and provide some fresh produce for our local seniors," said aging agency spokeswoman Jenny Nace. "And an extra $20, of course, helps everyone -- especially when they're on a limited income or a fixed income."

The agency has remaining vouchers and will continue to distribute them to eligible seniors, she said. And starting this week, there are three additional voucher pickup sites for eligible York County seniors who have not already received them.

They will be distributed at the aging agency in York City, Morningstar Marketplace in Jackson Township, and Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market in Hellam Township. If any vouchers remain, the agency will attempt to arrange another site, Nace said.

Eligibility: York County residents who are 60 or older, and who have a 2013 total gross annual household income at or below $21,257 for a single person or $28,694 for a couple, are eligible to participate. Residents of nursing homes or any residential setting that offers meals are not eligible for the program.


The vouchers can only be used to purchase produce grown in Pennsylvania and can be redeemed until Nov. 30. They are available for pickup once per calendar year.

If someone is unable to come pick up his voucher, he may send a proxy, who can complete a proxy form at most senior centers or www.ycaaa.org.

--Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.