STEP Office of Aging will be distributing fruit and vegetable vouchers to eligible senior citizens in Lycoming and Clinton counties. The popular program provides a $20 voucher which can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from participating local farmers’ markets.
The vouchers will be given out at STEP Office of Aging centers for healthy aging, beginning June 2. To qualify, individuals must be age 60 and older, live in Lycoming or Clinton counties, and have a total monthly income of less than $1,831 for one person or $2,470 for two people, or an annual income of $21,978 for an individual and $29,637 for two people. Proof of age and residence is required.
Vouchers will be distributed—while supplies last—according to the following schedule:
- Thursday, June 2, from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at the STEP Office of Aging RiverWalk Center in South Williamsport;
- Friday, June 3, from 11:00AM until 4:00PM at the STEP Office of Aging Clinton County Community Center in Lock Haven;
- Tuesday, June 7, from 1:00PM to 3:00PM at the STEP Office of Aging Jersey Shore Senior Center in Jersey Shore;
- Wednesday, June 8, from 12:30PM to 2:30PM at the STEP Office of Aging Renovo Senior Center in South Renovo; and
- Friday, June 10, from 11:00AM to 2:00PM, at the STEP Office of Aging Meck Senior Center in Muncy.
Office of Aging Program Director Fred Shrimp emphasizes that STEP receives a limited number of vouchers, so the distributions slated for June 7, 8 and 10 will be held only if vouchers are still available. He encourages people to contact the Jersey Shore, Renovo and Meck Senior Centers ahead of time to check on availability following the first two voucher distributions in South Williamsport and Lock Haven.
“Annually, STEP receives about 1,700 vouchers from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to distribute to qualified local seniors,” said Shrimp. “It’s a program we are glad to be able to offer since it positively impacts so many people.”
Shrimp says if people are unable to personally come to a distribution, they can use a proxy form to have someone else pick up a voucher for them. Proxy forms must be completed ahead of time and are available through any of STEP’s eight centers for healthy aging and the Office of Aging main office at 2138 Lincoln Street in Williamsport.
Office of Aging Health, Nutrition, and Fitness Centers Manager Jane Thompson says the voucher program is a win-win for everyone involved. “The veggie vouchers help support our local agricultural community, and they also support healthy and nutritious farm-fresh fruits and vegetables for area residents.”
STEP will offer several other activities during the voucher distributions, including healthy foods taste testing, a healthy recipe distribution, and Medicare insurance counseling. STEP representatives also will be available to talk with people about volunteer opportunities with STEP, such as delivering Meals on Wheels.
About STEP, Inc.
STEP, Inc. is one of 1,100 Community Action Agencies nationwide, and a member of the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1966 and formally known as the Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action (STEP), Inc., the agency is celebrating 50 years of partnerships and service to the community throughout 2016. The mission of STEP, Inc. is to engage diverse individuals, families, and communities in the pursuit of social and economic success. STEP, Inc.’s mission is accomplished through five Pathways to Success: Early Learning, Housing Options, Workforce Development, Community Collaboration, and Independent Living.