Neilson to distribute produce vouchers to low-income seniors

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 29 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., announced he will be providing free produce vouchers for eligible low-income seniors in his Legislative District.

The vouchers will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 in Neilson’s district office at 16 Old Ashton Road, 19152.

Neilson said the vouchers are through Pennsylvania’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from approved farmers in the commonwealth.

“This program is especially important for seniors because as we age, it is vital to be health and nutrition conscious,” Neilson said. “These vouchers will allow seniors who may not normally be able to afford fresh produce the opportunity to benefit from the nutrition that fresh fruits and vegetables provide while also supporting local farmers.”

Neilson added in order to be eligible for the vouchers, seniors must be 60 or older by Dec. 31 of the program year with a household income of less than $22,211 for singles and less than $30,044 for married couples.

Residents interested in obtaining the produce vouchers must bring identification. While an appointment is not needed, residents can save time on the day of the event by calling Neilson’s office at (215) 330-3714 to schedule a time to go and pick up the vouchers.