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Mercer County offers coupons for fresh produce to qualifying senior citizens
MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Willmot
TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced today senior citizens in Mercer County will again have the opportunity to receive fresh produce checks that will enable them to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farm stands. This opportunity is for seniors who have not yet received their checks.
Representatives from the Mercer County Nutrition Office will offer the checks on a first come- first serve basis on September 21, 2012, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service Building, 930 Spruce Street, Lawrence. Eligible senior citizens will receive checks to redeem $20 in fresh produce at various vendor sites throughout the county. Vouchers will be distributed in four $5 denominations and are valid until November, 30, 2012.
“This is an important opportunity for seniors in Mercer County, especially as everyone is trying to get the most for their money,” said Hughes. “Additionally, eating a healthy diet will help combat concerns associated with chronic conditions like heart trouble, diabetes or high blood pressure.”
The Farmers Market program was developed to provide low-income seniors with checks they can use to purchase fresh produce grown by New Jersey farmers. The Mercer County Nutrition Project is the lead agency and coordinator in Mercer County for the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, and has been for a number of years. Effective July 1, 2012 the figures are as follows: single person income must not exceed $20,665 per year; a couple’s income must not exceed $27,991 per year.
Documentation is required for certification that includes:
The Mercer County Nutrition Program reminds seniors of these guidelines:
For additional information, contact the Mercer County Nutrition Program for the Elderly, Senior Farmers Market Program, at (609) 989-6652.