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New Date Added to Food Voucher Program for Seniors

Union County Office of Public Information

Monday, June 23, 2014 • 12:15pm

UNION COUNTY, NJ  – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that another date has been added to the “Jersey Fresh” Farmers’ Market voucher distribution program. The new date is Tuesday, July 1, at the Elizabeth Avenue Farmers Market in Elizabeth.

“We are very happy to be able to expand the Jersey Fresh program,” said Freeholder Christopher Hudak. “The additional date and location will help provide more eligible seniors with access to fresh, nutritious produce from local farmers.”

The Jersey Fresh program enables income-eligible seniors to obtain free vouchers for fresh produce at local Farmers’ Markets.

Each eligible participant will receive vouchers for $20 worth of produce at no cost, in four five-dollar increments.  The vouchers can be used throughout the Farmers Market season, which ends in November.

The amount is broken into four increments so that participants can purchase smaller amounts of produce at a time, helping to ensure freshness.

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:

Tuesday July 1
Elizabeth Avenue Farmer’s Market
1 Union Square Plaza (Elizabeth Avenue and High Street), Elizabeth
Vouchers distributed 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Farmer will be at this site.

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.

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