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“Jersey Fresh” Food Vouchers Coming to Union County Seniors

June 11, 2014 at 9:07 PM

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that registration forms are now being accepted for the 2014 “Jersey Fresh” Farmers’ Market Program. The program enables income-eligible seniors to obtain free vouchers for fresh produce at local Farmers’ Markets.

“Union County is pleased to assist in offering this valuable program to our residents. It allows seniors on a tight budget an opportunity to purchase fresh, nutritious produce while helping to support local agriculture,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak.

The Farmers’ Market Program provides for each participant to purchase $20 worth of produce, in four five-dollar increments.  The vouchers can be used through November 2014.

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The amount is broken into four increments in order enable participants to purchase smaller amounts of produce at a time, helping to ensure freshness.

In order to qualify, an individual must be at least 60 years of age and have an annual income that does not exceed $21,590. For a married couple, the combined income may not exceed $29,101.

Proof of age, residency and income are required to participate, in the form of a Medicaid card, SSI card, SNAP verification, or annual pension and Social Security income statement.

Registration forms can be obtained at any Senior Nutrition sites and Senior Centers throughout Union County. Participants who have registered may pick up their vouchers at the following locations. Registration forms are also available at these locations, and produce is for sale at some of them:

Wednesday July 2

Hillside Senior Center

265 Hollywood Ave., Hillside

Vouchers distributed 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

(No farmer at this site)

Monday July 7

O’Donnell-Dempsey Senior Center

622 Salem Ave., Elizabeth

Vouchers distributed 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

(Farmer will be at this site)

Wednesday July 9

Liberty Square Senior Center

240 Elizabeth Ave., Elizabeth

Vouchers distributed 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

(No farmer at this site)

Thursday July 10

E-Port Commons

205 1st St., Elizabeth

Vouchers distributed 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

(No farmer at this site)

Monday July 14

Ann Ferguson Towers

1601 Dill Ave., Linden

Vouchers distributed 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

(Farmer will be at this site)

Thursday July 17

Cranford Senior Housing

40 Meeker St. (social center), Cranford

Vouchers distributed 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

No farmer at this site

Monday July 21

Farley Towers

33 Cherry St., Elizabeth

Vouchers distributed 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

(No Farmer at this site)

Wednesday July 23

Golden Age Towers

200 E. Milton Ave., Rahway

Vouchers distributed 10:00 a.m.  – 12:00 noon

(Farmer will be at this site)

Monday July 28

Ford Leonard Towers

69 Division St., Elizabeth

Vouchers distributed 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

(No farmer at this site)

Wednesday July 30

Plainfield Senior Center

400 E. Front St., Plainfield

Vouchers distributed 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

(Farmer will be at this site)

Only fruits, vegetables and herbs grown in New Jersey can be purchased with the Farmers’ Market Program vouchers. They can be used only at markets displaying the WIC Farmers’ Market poster. 

The Farmers’ Market Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and coordinated by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

For more information about the Farmers’ Market, Union County’s senior nutrition programs or any other senior services, call the Union County Division on Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) toll free, 888-280-8226, or call 908-527-4870.

Please join the County of Union online at ucnj.org, on Facebook at ucnj.org/facebook, and on Twitter at twitter.com/countyofunionnj.

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