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Mercer County Offers Checks for Fresh Produce to Qualifying Older Adults
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TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced today that older adults 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.
Representatives from the Mercer County Nutrition Office will offer the checks on Thursday, July 25, 2013, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at center of the Trenton Farmers Market, on Spruce Street in Lawrence Township. Eligible senior citizens will receive checks to redeem for fresh produce at various vendor sites throughout the county. Each person will receive four $5 checks for a total of $20 and they are valid until Nov. 30, 2013. Kindly note that checks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
“The Farmers Market Check Program offers older adults an increased opportunity to include a nutritious choice in their eating habits,” Hughes said. “It also helps the older adult who may be struggling financially to get the most for their money.”
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 Program is the lead agency and coordinator in Mercer County for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, and has been for a number of years. Qualifications are as follows: a single person’s income must not exceed $21,257 per year or $1,772 monthly; a couple’s income must not exceed $28,694 per year or $2,392 monthly.
Documentation is required for certification that includes:
The Mercer County Nutrition Project reminds seniors of these guidelines:
For additional information, contact the Mercer County Nutrition Program for the Elderly, Senior Farmers Market Program,
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