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Union County Freeholders Announce “Jersey Fresh”Farmers’ Market Voucher Program for Seniors

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that registration is now open for income-eligible seniors age 60 and up to participate in the 2015 “Jersey Fresh” Farmers’ Market Program, which provides free vouchers for fresh produce. Credits: New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that registration is now open for income-eligible seniors age 60 and up to participate in the 2015 “Jersey Fresh” Farmers’ Market Program, which provides free vouchers for fresh produce.

“This vital program supports local agriculture while helping to provide access to fresh produce for Union County’s senior residents,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. “The Freeholder Board is proud to support a program that helps seniors on a tight budget enjoy the season’s fresh produce, and reap the benefits of healthy eating.”

The Farmers’ Market Program provides each eligible participant with four free $5 vouchers, for a total of $20, to purchase “Jersey Fresh” fruits, vegetables and herbs at farmers markets throughout Union County.

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In order to qualify, a senior’s individual income cannot exceed $21,775 annually. A married couple’s combined income may not exceed $29,471.

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.

To receive an application for obtaining the free vouchers, contact a local senior center or call the Union County Division on Aging toll free at 1-888-280-8226.

Seniors can also pick up an application in person, confirm their eligibility, and obtain their vouchers on the spot at specially designated senior centers during scheduled dates and times.

Sites for this “one-stop” service have been scheduled all throughout Union County during June, July and August. The first three dates and locations are:

Tuesday, June 23

Bethel AME Church

245 Hilton Avenue, Vauxhall

9:00 am - 11:00 am

 

Wednesday, June 24

Hillside Senior Center

265 Hollywood Avenue, Hillside

9:30 am - 11:30 am

 

Thursday, June 25

Liberty Square Senior Center

204 Elizabeth Avenue Elizabeth

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Additional dates and locations for one-stop service in July and August in other areas of Union County will be announced shortly.

Only fruits, vegetables, and herbs grown in NJ can be purchased with the vouchers. They can only be used at markets displaying the yellow and black WIC Farmers’ Market Poster.

The following farmers’ markets in Union County accept Jersey Fresh vouchers:

Cranford

Dreyer Farms, 831 Springfield Avenue

April to November

Monday – Saturday8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Ave. Farmers’ Market, Union Square (between Elizabeth and High)

June 9 to November 24

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

New Providence

Presbyterian Church, 1307 Springfield Avenue

June 10 to October 28

Wednesdays, 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm

 

Plainfield 

Watchung and East 6th St. (across from City Hall)

June 10 to Nov. 24,                                  

Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

Rahway  

Rahway Farmers’ Market, NJ Transit Train Station Plaza

40 E. Milton and Irving

May 21 to November 19

Thursdays, 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm

 

Roselle Park  

Roselle Park Farmers’ Market, Chestnut Street and E. Grant Avenue

July 2 to October 29             

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

 

Scotch Plains

Scotch Plains Farmers’ Market, Municipal Parking Lot (Park Avenue)

May to November

Saturdays, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

Springfield

Dayton High School parking lot, 139 Mountain Avenue

Ruby Field (Caldwell Place)

July 6 to October 26          

Mondays, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Summit

Park & Shop Lot  #2 (Maple Street and DeForest Avenue)

May 10 to November 22

Sunday, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

 

Union 

Liberty Hall Farmers’ Market, 1003 Morris Avenue (Kean University)

May 8 to October 30

Thursdays, 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm

 

Westfield

NJ Transit Railroad Station (South Avenue Parking Lot)

July 5 to October 25          

Saturdays, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Vouchers must be used by the end of November 2015.

For more information about the Farmer Market nutrition program, or any services provided by the Union County Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Disability Resource Connection, call toll free 1-888-or visit the County website, ucnj.org.

Connect with Union County on social media.

 

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