Produce coupons for low-income Bayonne seniors

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Coupons for the fruit and vegetable market are available for low-income seniors through the Bayonne Office On Aging, Mayor James Davis announced.

The vouchers would allow qualifying seniors to purchase fresh New Jersey fruits and vegetables at the Bayonne Farmers’ Market and other approved locations. Participating farmers at the Bayonne Farmers’ Market sell products eligible for the voucher program.

The Bayonne Farmers’ Market is held Tuesdays from 2pm to 7pm on West 23rd Street between DelMonte Drive and Broadway through the fall.

The final date of the farmers’ market for 2022 will be announced in the fall. The Altern office will inform the voucher recipients of the locations of other approved farmers’ markets.

The program is aimed at seniors age 60 and older whose income level is at or below 185% of the federally defined poverty line. Interested seniors are asked to apply for the vouchers on Thursday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the town hall

Applicants must have valid Bayonne residency ID, proof of age and proof of income. They must demonstrate their qualified income status in two ways: Medicaid recipients may present a Medicaid card; those not receiving Medicaid must provide physical proof of income with supporting documentation.

Vouchers will be distributed on Thursdays from 10am to 2pm while supplies last, starting Thursday 14th July. Each qualifying senior will receive six $5 coupons to be used only with those farmers who have enrolled in the program.

Vouchers can only be used to purchase fresh, locally grown New Jersey fruits and vegetables from these qualified farmers only. Some consumer items, such as nuts, buttercorn, baked goods, and pre-cooked frozen meals, are not eligible for the coupon 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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