SOMERVILLE – Starting Monday, July 3, eligible seniors can obtain $25 worth of vouchers to buy New Jersey fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables and herbs. These free vouchers can be used at participating farmer’s markets in Somerset County until Nov. 30.
People interested in applying can stop by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services in the Human Services Building, located at 27 Warren St., between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Vouchers will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.
Eligible individuals must be age 60 or above and reside in Somerset County. Income guidelines require that an individual’s income not exceed $22,311 and a married couple’s income not exceed $30,044.
All applicants must show proof of age and residency, such as a driver’s license or other documentation, and proof of income, such as a current income tax return or social security statement. Office on Aging & Disability Services staff will be available to assist individuals when they are applying for their vouchers.
If seniors are unable to visit the Human Services Building at 27 Warren St. to apply for and receive vouchers, they may send a representative, who is at least 16 years old, has personal identification and the identification items listed above for the eligible senior. The representative must provide a proxy statement or letter that is signed and dated by the eligible senior, which states that the proxy is authorized to pick up the vouchers. A proxy form can be obtained in advance by contacting the county Office on Aging & Disability Services at 1-888-747-1122.
Participating farm stands include Ripple Hill Farms, Basking Ridge; Bernardsville Farmers Market, Bernardsville; Bound Brook Farmers Market, Bound Brook; Sunhaven Farms, Hillsborough; Farm to Table Market at Duke Farms, Hillsborough; Norz-Hill Farm & Market, Hillsborough; Hillsborough Farm County Market, Hillsborough; Manville Farmers Market, Manville; North Plainfield Farmers Market, North Plainfield; Montgomery Farmers Market, Montgomery; John H. Drake Farm, Montgomery; Somerville Farmers Market, Somerville; Farmers Market by Wagner Arboretum, Warren; and Watchung Farmers Market, Watchung.
For more information, including the closest voucher distribution location, contact the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services toll free at 1-888-747-1122.