FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2008

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia 908-527-4419

 

Union County Freeholders announce Farmer’s Market Vouchers for Eligible Seniors

UNION COUNTY, NJ—The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders today announced its participation in the state’s Farmer’s Market Program that offers eligible senior adults vouchers to purchase “Jersey Fresh” fruits, vegetables and herbs.

To be eligible for the $20 in vouchers, an individual must be a resident of Union County, age 60 or older. Annual income for individuals may not exceed $18,889 (or $19,240 after July 1, 2008), and a married couple’s annual income may not to exceed $25,327 (or $25,900 after July 1, 2008). Proof of income must be presented in the form of a Medicaid card, SSI card, or annual pension or Social Security statement.

Advance registration applications may be picked up at all senior nutrition sites and senior centers throughout Union County. Vouchers are accepted at any farmer’s market displaying the “WIC” sign. They are not accepted at grocery stores or other markets.

Union County Division on Aging staff will hold the first distribution of vouchers at the Elizabeth Farmers’ Market at Union Square Plaza, Elizabeth, on Tuesday, June 17th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The second distribution of vouchers will be in Roselle Park at the Casano Community Center, 314 Chestnut Street, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This is the opening day of the Roselle Park Farmer’s Market. This market will be open every Wednesday at The Gazebo on Chestnut Street and Grant Avenue from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The third distribution of vouchers, with a farmer present, will be Friday, July 11th, at the First Baptist Church at Prince Street and Union St. in Elizabeth. Additional voucher distribution locations will be announced as they are scheduled.

“We are pleased to offer this nutritional assistance program to eligible seniors throughout Union County,” stated Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada.

The Farmer’s 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 further information, call the Union County Division on Aging at 1-888-280-8226, or 908-527-4870 or 4872.