UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that the annual Farmers’ Market voucher program for seniors will begin again this summer. Starting on June 27, income eligible adults age 60 and up can receive a total of $25 in free vouchers to purchase “Jersey Fresh” fruits, vegetables and herbs at several Farmers Markets throughout Union County.  

The total of $25 is provided in $5 increments so that seniors can spread out their purchases to ensure freshness.

 “The Freeholder Board understands just how important it is that our senior residents on a budget have the resources to have access to fresh produce which is proven to have massive health benefits,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “This year Warinanco Park in Roselle has been added to the voucher distribution sites.”

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Eligible Union County adults can apply for the vouchers by visiting any of the designated distribution sites scheduled during June and July on the list below, or by calling the Union County Department of Human Services, Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection toll free at 888-280-8226.

The vouchers may be used at any Farmers’ Market in Union County that displays the yellow and black WIC poster. As a convenience, farmers offering produce for sale will also be present at several of the voucher distribution sites.

A limited number of vouchers are available and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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. Proof of age, residency and income are required at the time of application.

A Medicaid card, SSI, SNAP, annual pension, or Social Security statement may serve as proof of eligibility. Proxies applying on another person’s behalf must present proof of eligibility for that person.

Any eligible Union County resident can apply for a voucher at any of the following distribution sites in June and July:

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

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

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

Monday July 15
O’Donnell-Dempsey Senior Center
622 Salem Ave., Elizabeth
Vouchers 9:00 am to 11 am
Farmer will be at this site

Wednesday July 17
Warinanco Sports Center
(Located in Warinanco Park)
698 Thompson Ave., Roselle
Vouchers 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Farmer will be at this site

Monday July 22
Ann Ferguson Towers
1601 Dill Ave., Linden
Vouchers 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Farmer will be at this site

Wednesday July 24
Plainfield Senior Center
400 E. Front St., Plainfield
Vouchers 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Farmer will be at this site

Wednesday August 7
Golden Age Towers
200 E. Milton Ave., Rahway
Vouchers 9:00 am to11:00 am
Farmer will be at this site

For more information about the Farmer Market nutrition program, or any services provided by the Union County Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Disability Resource (ADRC), call 1-888-280-8226 or 877-222-3737 or visit the county’s website, www.ucnj.org.