Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 15, 2021

Eligible Union County Seniors Can Apply for Farmers Market Vouchers by Mail

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of County Commissioners would like to inform our residents of our Farmers Market Voucher program. Farmers Market vouchers are available to eligible Union County seniors and will be distributed by mail, due to ongoing concerns regarding Covid-19.

To be eligible, seniors must be age 60 and older. A single person’s annual income cannot exceed $1,986 per month and a married couple’s combined income may not exceed $2,686 per month.

“Our local Farmers Markets are community gathering places, and the voucher program helps eligible seniors participate in a popular social activity while also adding a healthy variety of fresh produce to their diets, and supporting farmers, too,” said County Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

Each eligible senior can obtain five vouchers worth $6.00 each for a total of $30.00 to purchase “Jersey Fresh” fruits, vegetables and herbs at Farmers Markets that display the black and yellow WIC posters.

Eligible seniors can request a voucher application form by calling the Union County Division on Aging, 908-527-4870 or 888-280-8226, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Requests can also be submitted after hours and on weekends, by leaving a voice message including name, address, and phone contact, or by emailing the information to Kathleen Malkiewicz, Nutrition Program Director, at kmalkiewicz@ucnj.org. Ms. Malkiewicz may also be reached at 908-527-4877 during office hours.

Please note that seniors who have submitted an application last year do not need to reapply and should call Union County Division on Aging, 908-527-4870 or 888-280-8226 to receive this year’s vouchers.

A limited number of vouchers are available and applications will be evaluated on a “first-come first-served” basis. 

Face coverings and social distance may be required when visiting Farmers Market sites during this summer season.

Participating Farmers Market in Union County are located in:

  • Cranford (Dreyer Farms, 831 Springfield Avenue)
  • Elizabeth (Elizabeth Avenue Farmers’ Market, Union Square between Elizabeth Avenue and High Street)
  • Kenilworth (455 Boulevard)
  • Plainfield (Watchung Avenue and East 6th Street, across from City Hall)
  • Rahway (Rahway Farmer’s Market, at NJ Transit Train Station Plaza
  • Roselle Park (Roselle ark Farmers’ Market, at Chestnut Street and East Grant Avenue)
  • Scotch Plains (Scotch Plains Farmers’ Market, Municipal Parking Lot at 430 Park Avenue)
  • Springfield (66 Mountain Avenue)
  • Summit (Park & Shop #2, at Maple Street and DeForest Avenue)
  • Westfield (NJ Transit Railroad Station, North Avenue Parking Lot)

For more information about the Farmers’ Market nutrition program, or any services provided by the Division of Aging and Disability Resource in the Union County Department of Human Services, call 1-888-280-8226, or visit online at ucnj.org/aging. Please note that in-person services may be limited or modified due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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