Philly seniors get help to buy fresh produce

An annual U.S. Department of Agriculture program that helps low-income seniors buy fresh produce will kick off Monday.

Administered by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, the effort serves about 36,000 seniors each year.

Helen Cook, a Corporation for Aging spokeswoman, says not all of the checks are redeemed.

“We have in Philadelphia a redemption rate of about 83 percent,” Cook said. “So we know that not everybody getting them is spending them and it’s best if people actually spend the checks.

Eligible Philadelphia residents can collect up to $20 in vouchers from any of 36 locations, including many senior centers.

Since it’s designed to help out farmers as well as seniors, vouchers can be redeemed at the city’s farmers markets.

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