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VOUCHERS FOR PRODUCE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO SENIORS The $20 vouchers are to purchase fruits and vegetables from local farm markets.

WOODBURY, NJ - The 2006 Farm Market Voucher program for senior citizens will be getting underway during the month of June announced Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Helene M. Reed.  The Freeholders announced the popular program today that provides eligible seniors with $20.00 in vouchers to purchase fresh produce at designated Farmer's Markets from June through November.

"The Farmers Market program is important to our seniors on a fixed income because it enables them to get the fresh fruits and vegetables they need to stay healthy without putting extra strain on their limited financial resources," said Freeholder Director Sweeney.

"We have four new markets participating this year for a total 23 markets where seniors can use their vouchers for produce," Sweeney said.  "We are grateful that we have so many local markets that choose to participate in this program so it is easier for our seniors to access the produce countywide," the Director said.

Freeholder Helene Reed, liaison to the Department of Health and Senior Services said that approximately 2,500 seniors would receive the Farmers Market Vouchers this year. 

"Health is the most priceless commodity we all have and many of our seniors struggle to make ends meet because they are living on a fixed income.  The Farmers Market vouchers help our seniors stay healthy by making sure that they put fresh fruits and vegetables on their tables without them having to decide between food and medicine," said Freeholder Reed.

The county will open the voucher program to seniors of Gloucester County on the following dates:

June 15, 2006 - Open to Seniors of Gloucester County
Senior Services 211 County House Road, Sewell - 9:30am

June 16, 2006 - Open to Seniors of Gloucester County
Budd Blvd Complex, West Deptford - 12:00pm 

In order to be eligible for the Farmers Market vouchers, seniors Must be 60 years of age and have an annual income less then $18,130 for (1) and less then $24,420 for (2). Seniors Must show Proof of income (Social Security statement, SSI card, or Medicaid card.

Vouchers can be used from June 1, 2006 through November 30, 2006. Each senior will receive a list of participating farmer markets where they are valid for redemption. 

The State of New Jersey requires the County to target low income senior citizens for the program such as those seniors who are on PAAD or Medicaid.  All recipients are asked to sign the voucher register before receiving the farmer's market voucher.

Vouchers may be used at the following local farm markets:

DeHart's Farm Fresh Produce, Thorofare
Duffield's Farm Market, Sewell
Farmer Frank's Farm Market, Mt. Royal
Fruit Haven Farms, Monroeville
Fruitwood Farms, Monroeville
G&G Farm Market, Swedesboro
Heritage Station, Mullica Hill
Maugeri Farms, Woolwich
Mood's Farm Market, Mullica Hill
Orchardview, Blackwood
Platts Farm Market, Clarksboro
Rosies Farm Market, Mullica Hill
Schaub Farms, Mickleton
South Jersey Mobile Farm Market, Swedesboro
Sorbello's Farm Market, Mickleton
Wm. Schober Sons, Monroeville
Woodbury Farmers Market, Woodbury
Youth Farm Stand #1, Woodbury
Youth Farm Stand #2, Paulsboro
*Youth Farm Stand #3, Glassboro

*Zimmerman's Country Market, Sewell
*Red Oaks Farm, Newfield
*Sorbello Girls Farm Market, Mullica Hill