FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346

 

MORE SENIORS MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR “JERSEY FRESH” FREE PRODUCE VOUCHERS
Income ceiling expanded for popular program

 

Elizabeth, NJ -- Union County residents who are at least 60 years of age and meet the income eligibility requirements can qualify for $30 in free vouchers for locally grown “Jersey Fresh” fruit and vegetables this summer.  The vouchers are good at participating Farmer’s Markets.

“The Jersey Fresh program has been a great success, and we are pleased to offer it again this year,” said Alexander Mirabella, Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  “It helps to promote good nutrition for seniors while supporting local farmers.”

The vouchers help lower income seniors get more fresh produce in their diet.  Currently, to qualify for the program an individual’s annual income cannot exceed $19,240 and a married couple’s income cannot exceed $25,900.

After July 1, the income ceiling will go up to $20,036 for individuals and $26,955 for married couples.

The vouchers will be distributed throughout the summer, starting at the Elizabeth Farmer’s Market at Union Square Plaza on Tuesday, June 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The market is open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Casano Community Center in Roselle Park at Chestnut Street and Grant Avenue will be next, on Wednesday, July 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The nearby Farmer’s Market is open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

More locations and markets will be announced as they are scheduled.

To get a voucher, seniors fill out an application and bring proof of income.  A Medicaid card, SSI card, Food Stamp verification, or annual pension/Social Security statement are accepted.

For convenience, seniors can also register in advance.  The applications are available at Senior Nutrition sites and Senior Centers after June 15, 2009.

Union County’s Jersey Fresh program is administered by the Union County Department of Human Services, Division on Aging.  It is part of the Farmer’s Market Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, coordinated by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

For more information about Jersey Fresh vouchers and all senior services in Union County, visit www.ucnj.org/humansvcs or call toll free,1-888-280-8226.  Bilingual help is available.