Produce Vouchers Available for Low-Income Bayonne Seniors, Can Use at Bayonne Farmers’ Market

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Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that produce market vouchers are available for low-income Bayonne seniors through the Bayonne Office On Aging.  The vouchers would enable qualified seniors to purchase New Jersey-grown fresh fruit and vegetables at the Bayonne farmers’ market and other approved locations.  Participating farmers at the Bayonne farmers’ market sell New Jersey produce that is eligible for the voucher program.  The Bayonne farmers’ market takes place on Tuesdays through October 25, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Fitzpatrick Park, which is located on Avenue C between 26th and 27th Streets.  The Office On Aging will indicate the locations of other approved farmers’ markets to the voucher recipients.

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

            Interested seniors are asked to apply for the vouchers at the Office On Aging in  Room 17 of City Hall during designated application hours.  Those hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays only, starting on Monday, July 11, then continuing on Friday, July 15.  Applications will be accepted until all vouchers have been distributed.  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: 1) Those on Medicaid can show a Medicaid card.  2) Those not on Medicaid must provide physical proof of income with appropriate documentation.

            Each qualified senior will receive five $5.00 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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