Low-income seniors can shop at Bayonne Farmers’ Market with produce vouchers

Low-income seniors have one more reason to shop at the Bayonne Farmer’s Market, since produce vouchers are now available.

The Bayonne Office On Aging made it possible so qualified seniors would be able to use the vouchers to purchase New Jersey-grown fresh fruit and vegetables at the farmers’ market and other approved locations relayed to the voucher recipients.

Participating farmers at the Bayonne farmers’ market sell New Jersey produce eligible for the voucher program. They’ll be there Tuesdays through October 17 (except July 4) from 2pm-7pm at Fitzpatrick Park, Avenue C between 26th and 27th Streets.

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

Interested seniors can apply for the vouchers at the Office on Aging, Room 17 of City Hall, 9am-3pm on Mondays and Fridays only — starting Monday, July 3, then continuing on Friday, July 7.

Applications will be accepted until all vouchers are distributed. Applicants must have valid identification for Bayonne residency and proof of age and income.

There are two options for proving qualifying income status: 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 vouchers only to be used with the farmers signed up with the program 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 For Better Health program, New Jersey Department of Agriculture, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and the Hudson County Office On Aging.