Union County Freeholders Announce Senior Farmers’ Market Voucher Distribution Dates

Union County, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that income-eligible seniors age 60 and up can apply for a total of $25.00 in free vouchers for use at local farmers markets. Seniors can redeem the vouchers for fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at any participating market in Union County this summer, beginning on Thursday, June 27.

“In addition to the nutritional benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables, the voucher program also enables seniors to connect with their community and enjoy the social activity at local farmers markets in Union County,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.

A limited number of vouchers are available and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The voucher program is funded through the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

To be eligible, a single person’s annual income cannot exceed $23,107 and a married couple’s combined income may not exceed $31,284.

Eligible seniors can apply for the vouchers by calling the Union County Department of Human Services, Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection toll free at 888-280-8226.

Seniors can also apply in person at any one of the eight voucher sites listed below. If needed, homebound seniors may send a proxy to apply on their behalf.

All applicants must provide proof of age, residency, and income, such as a Medicaid card, SSI, SNAP, annual pension, or Social Security statement.

The vouchers can be used at any farmers market in Union County where the yellow and black WIC sign is on display.

This year, participating markets are located in Cranford, Kenilworth, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle Park,  Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, and Westfied (please contact the host municipality for locations and hours of operation).                  

As a convenience, produce will also be available at five of the voucher sites beginning on July 15.

The voucher sites are:

Thursday June 27
Liberty Square Senior Center
240 Elizabeth Ave., Elizabeth
1:00 to 3:00 pm

Monday July 1
Casano Community Center
314 Chestnut St., Roselle Park
1:00 to 3:00 pm

Monday July 8
Hillside Senior Center
265 Hollywood Ave., Hillside
9:00-11:00 am

Monday July 15
O’Donnell-Dempsey Senior Center
622 Salem Ave., Elizabeth
9:00 am to 11 am (produce available)

Wednesday July 17
Warinanco Sports Center

1 Park Drive in Warinanco Park, Roselle
9:30 am to 11:30 am (produce available)

Monday July 22
Ann Ferguson Towers
1601 Dill Ave., Linden
9:00 am to 11:00 am (produce available)

Wednesday July 24
Plainfield Senior Center
400 E. Front St., Plainfield
9:30 am to 11:30 am (produce available)

Wednesday August 7
Golden Age Towers
200 E. Milton Ave., Rahway
9:00 am to 11:00 am (produce available)

For more information about the farmers market nutrition program, or any services provided by the Union County Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Disability Resource call 1-888-280-8226 or visit online at ucnj.org.

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