TRENTON, N.J. — Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced on Wednesday that older adults in Mercer County will once again be able to receive fresh-produce thanks to program tweaks to ensure the safety of seniors and their families during the on-going coronavirus pandemic.  

The Mercer County Office on Aging changed the process for receiving checks to enable program participants to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farm stands.

“During this COVID-19 situation, the availability of fresh fruits and vegetable from farmer’s markets is more important than ever,” Hughes said. “The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program offers older adults an increased opportunity to include a nutritious choice to their eating habits. It also helps the older adult who may be struggling financially to get the most for their money.”

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To qualify for the program, a single person’s income must not exceed $23,606 per year or $1,968 monthly.  A couple’s income must not exceed $31,894 per year or $2,658 monthly.  This year, each person will receive six $5 checks for a total $30 and are valid until November 30. 

To enroll or obtain checks, Mercer County seniors can call (609) 989-6661 and speak with an Office on Aging staff member or leave a message with your phone number for a returned call.  Checks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  

When called the office, be prepared to:

  • Give your name and address to verify you live in Mercer County
  • State your date of birth to verify you are 60 years of age and older
  • Verify that your income is within the eligibility qualifications listed below:

The Office on Aging staff will then direct participants as to how you can secure your checks. 

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