UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Board of Chosen Freeholders announced that income-eligible senior adults will be able to obtain free vouchers to purchase “Jersey Fresh” fruits, vegetables and herbs at local Farmers’ Markets throughout the county.
The vouchers are funded by the State of New Jersey Farmers’ Market Program, through the Union County Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection in the Department of Human Services. Each eligible senior will receive five vouchers worth $5 each, for a total of $25.
The program was designed in four increments to enable seniors to purchase produce in smaller amounts, helping to ensure freshness.
To be eligible for the vouchers, an individual must be a resident of Union County, age 60-years or older, have an annual income that does not to exceed $22,311.00 for a single person or a combined/couple income of $30,044.00.
Proof of age, residency and income are required in the form of a Medicaid card, SSI card, Food Stamp (now SNAP) verification, or annual pension and Social Security income statement.
Several farmers markets in the county are participating in the program, including the Elizabeth Avenue Farmers' Market at Union Square Plaza on High Street. The city farmers' market is held on each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Nov. 24.
See a full list of farmers' markets participating in the program here.
To receive an application for the vouchers, contact the Liberty Square Senior Center on 204 Elizabeth Avenue at (908) 820-4700 or the Union County Division on Aging at (888)-280-8226.
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