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Eligible Seniors Can Receive Free Produce Through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Release Date: May 20, 2019
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides individuals who are 60+ and who meet the financial eligibility with $25.00 worth of vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farm stands in New Jersey.

Eligible Seniors Can Receive Free Produce Through The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

(Newton, NJ) The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Senior Services is pleased to announce the availability of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program for 2019. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides individuals who are age 60+ and who meet the financial eligibility with $25.00 worth of vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farm stands in New Jersey. There are many local, community farms that participate in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and each qualified individual will receive a complete list of the farm stands with their voucher package.

To currently meet eligibility, a senior's income cannot exceed $22,459 annually if single, or $30,451 if married, and they must be a Sussex County resident. Effective July 1, 2019, new income limits will be implemented, therefore, please check with the Division of Senior Services for the new limits. In order to complete an application, seniors must provide proof of age, income and residency. Seniors can no longer self-declare their income in order to receive the vouchers, proof of income is mandatory. A driver license or utility/phone bills are acceptable proof of residency and age. A 2018 income tax return, social security benefit statement, current pay stub or valid food stamp/SNAP verification are acceptable means to prove income eligibility. Please note that the PAAD card is no longer acceptable as proof of eligibility. Vouchers can be picked up at the Sussex County Division of Senior Services, One Spring Street, 2nd Floor, Newton, NJ, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. In addition, vouchers will be distributed at numerous sites as indicated below. Seniors are welcome to apply and pick-up their vouchers at any of the following sites on the dates and times below.

Distribution Site Date Time

Hopatcong Civic Center
32 Lakeside Blvd
Hopatcong, NJ

Thursday, June 13
Thursday, July 11

10 a.m. - noon

Franklin Senior Center
George Labance Road
Franklin, NJ

Tuesday, June 4
Tuesday, July 2

10 a.m. - noon

Liberty Towers
32 Liberty Street
Newton, NJ

Monday, June 17

1 - 3 p.m.

Sparta Senior Center at
Knoll Heights Village
39 Trapasso Drive
Sparta, NJ

Wednesday, July 17

10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Brookside Terrace
33 Mill Street
Newton, NJ

Monday, June 17
Monday, July 15

1 - 3 p.m.

Vernon Senior Center
21 Church Street
Vernon, NJ

Wednesday, June 19
Wednesday, July 17

10 a.m. - noon

Franklin House Senior Housing
1 Mill Street
Franklin, NJ

Wednesday, June 26

10 a.m. - noon

Concetta Towers
Catlin Road
Franklin, NJ

Wednesday, June 12
Wednesday, July 10

10 a.m. - noon

The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Senior Services urges all eligible seniors to participate in this program. If you do not have the ability to visit one of the distribution sites or our office, homebound seniors who qualify may receive vouchers through a proxy. For additional information about the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, the eligibility requirements or proxy requirements, contact the Sussex County Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0555, ext. 1221 or via email at seniorservices@sussex.nj.us.