The Union County Board of County Commissioners is proud to announce the Union County Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), providing low-income seniors aged 60 or older with an excellent opportunity to access fresh, locally grown produce through e-benefits. This program not only promotes healthier eating habits among seniors but also strengthens the local agricultural community by supporting USDA approved farmers markets in New Jersey.
“As we continue to see the success of Union County’s Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, we are so excited to realize how it is positively impacting our seniors in Union County,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “This remarkable initiative not only promotes the health of our seniors through access to fresh fruits and vegetables but also strengthens our community ties and supports our local farmers. As a county, we remain dedicated to prioritizing the happiness and well-being of our seniors, and together, we are steadfast in our commitment to ensuring their continued health and satisfaction.”
The SFMNP is designed to enhance the nutritional well-being of senior citizens, ensuring they have access to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. By granting $50.00 in e-benefits to eligible participants, the program empowers seniors to make healthier choices while simultaneously contributing to the growth of local farmers and the thriving agricultural industry.
To be part of this incredible initiative, participants must meet specific eligibility criteria, including meeting income and residency requirements. For the year 2023, qualifying monthly household income limits are set at $2,248 for a household of one (1) and $3,041 for a household of two (2). Eligibility verification will require documentation to establish age, residency, and income.
Age verification can be established through a birth certificate or a valid identification document, while residency can be proven with a valid ID or a utility bill reflecting the participant’s address. Income verification may be provided through documents such as the 2022 income tax return, a Social Security statement, a SNAP ID (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), or a Medicaid ID.
“As stewards of our community’s health and happiness, we encourage all eligible seniors to sign up for this incredible initiative,” said Commissioner Lourdes Leon, Liaison to the Advisory Council on Aging. “I would like to thank our Division on Aging for coordinating this program each year and providing healthy options to our residents.”
The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program operates on a first-come, first-served basis, with limited slots available, so interested seniors are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Each participant is eligible for one offer per year.
For a list of participating farmers’ markets or to begin the application process, interested individuals can call the Union County SFMNP team at (908) 527-4870.