Produce vouchers available for Bayonne low-income seniors, can be used at farmers’ market


Produce vouchers are available for Bayonne low-income seniors that can be used at the local farmers’ market that opens every Tuesday.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The vouchers are available through the Bayonne Office On Aging and the farmers’ market is open on Tuesdays between 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at West 23rd Street between DelMonte Drive and Broadway.

The program is targeted for seniors, 60 and older, whose income level is at or below 185% of the federally defined poverty level.

Those interested are asked to apply for the vouchers at City Hall, located at 630 Avenue C, in the council chambers on Thursday, July 7th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Applicants must have valid identification for Bayonne residency and proof of age and income.

They must prove their qualifying income status in one of two ways: showing a Medicaid card or those not on Medicaid must provide physical proof of income with appropriate documentation.

Vouchers will be distributed on Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., while supplies last, beginning on Thursday, July 14. Each qualified senior will receive six, $5 vouchers to be used only with the famers signed up with the program.

The vouchers may be used only with these qualifying farmers for the purchase of fresh, locally-grown New Jersey fruits and vegetables.

Some consumer items, such as nuts, buttered corn, bakery products and pre-cooked, frozen dinners, are not eligible for the voucher program, even if they are sold at farmers’ markets.

The voucher program is a joint venture with the New Jersey 5-A-Day Program, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Hudson County Office On Aging.

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