UPDATED to clarify that proxy forms are only required for people unable to get their vouchers in person.
Allegheny County residents 60 years and older who are on low or fixed incomes can get up to $20 in free, fresh produce from neighborhood farmer's markets this summer, with the help of a voucher program.
According to an spokesperson, the vouchers may be used through Nov. 30 to purchase produce that is grown in Pennsylvania or purchased directly from a Pennsylvania farmer.
The vouchers will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 at LifeSpan Senior Resource Centers across Allegheny County, including Olympia Shopping Center, Versailles; 530 Miller Ave., Clairton; and at 308 E. 8th Ave., Homestead, as well as at other participating senior citizen centers.
Vouchers are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible residents should bring valid ID with them.
Joyce Asmonga, a spokeswoman for LifeSpan, says seniors must meet guidelines, including annual income under $23,107 for a single person living alone, or under $31,284 for two people.
Married couples may each receive one set of vouchers, she says.
Other LifeSpan centers are located in Bethel Park, Chartiers, North Fayette Twp. and Pittsburgh's Knoxville neighborhood.
Eligible residents who cannot pick up their vouchers in person may fill out a proxy form, available on the county's website, and have someone else collect them.
Examples of Pennsylvania produce are apples, beans, berries, carrots, grapes, melons, spinach and tomatoes, the county said. The vouchers are issued in packs of four, valued at $5, and seniors must spend the entire check --- change is not provided and lost or stolen checks will not be replaced.
Older adults living in a residential facility that provides meals are not eligible to receive the vouchers.
The vouchers will be redeemable at participating farm stands and farmer's markets, a county spokesperson said.
Markets and mobile farm stands that will be participating in the voucher program, beginning in June, include:
McKeesport: Renzie Farmer's Market, 220 Eden Park Blvd., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays
Braddock: Grow Pittsburgh, 611 Braddock Ave., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays
Clairton: Family Dollar, 533 Miller Ave., Clairton, 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays
Elizabeth Twp.: Decarlo's Market, 560 McKeesport Road, Mondays through Saturdays
Forward Twp.: Dudas Farm Market, Route 51, daily (hours vary)
Glassport: Honor Roll Park, 440 Monongahela Ave., 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Monroeville: Community Park, 2399 Tilbrook Road, 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturdays
West Mifflin: Dudas Farm Market, 1029 Lebanon Road, daily (hours vary)
Wilmerding: Wilmerding Apartments, 314 Commerce St., 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays
(Photo courtesy Virginia State Parks. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 2.0.)
Originally published May 23, 2019.