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Free Produce for Qualified Seniors in County

The Cumberland County Office on Aging is pleased to announce that, through a grant from the N.J. Department of Health, the Office on Aging is distributing vouchers for the USDA Senior Citizens Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

Cumberland County Freeholder and Office on Aging Liaison Carol Musso said: “The County is very excited to be able to again offer this wonderful Program to our seniors. We are fortunate to have numerous family-owned and -operated farm markets throughout Cumberland County selling locally grown ‘Jersey Fresh’ produce that we can make affordable to our seniors in need.”

Freeholder and Co-liaison Jim Quinn said: “Not only does the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program assist in providing delicious and healthy food choices for our county’s most vulnerable adults, it also benefits our local farm markets, which are a valuable asset to our community. This program is an excellent example of how we are able to help our local agricultural businesses, while supporting our seniors and their families.”

Eligible seniors must apply for the Farmers’ Market Coupons in the county in which they reside. They will receive $25 worth of vouchers to purchase Jersey Fresh items at eligible farmers’ markets. Cumberland County will offer three sites for seniors to apply:

• County Office on Aging, 800 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton (Cumberland Co. Library Complex), Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

• Fiorelli Senior Center, 6th and Elmer sts., Vineland, on Tuesdays Wednesdays, Fridays, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

• Holly City Regional Senior Center, 1500 S. 2nd St., Millville on Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m.–12 noon.

Seniors must be age 60 or older. Income guidelines have been established at 185% of the Federal Poverty Level. A household of one can have a monthly gross income of up to $1,926 and household of two can have a monthly gross income of up to $2,607. Proof of residence, age and income is required.

Coupons are available on a first-come, first-served basis and supplies are limited. For more information, contact the Office on Aging and Disabled Outreach Office in Bridgeton at 856-453-2220.