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VOUCHERS FOR PRODUCE AVAILABLE TO SENIORS

The $20 vouchers are to purchase fruits and vegetables from local farm markets

WOODBURY, NJ -  Gloucester County Freeholders announced today that the popular program that provides eligible seniors with $20.00 in vouchers to purchase fresh produce at designated Farmer's Markets will be available on June 27th. 

"There is a new farmers market participating this year for a total 24 locations throughout the county where seniors can use their vouchers to get fresh produce," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. "With so many local farm markets participating in the program it makes it easier for our seniors to utilize the vouchers," said the Director.

Sweeney stated, "This voucher program is important to our seniors because it enables them to get the fresh fruits and vegetables they need without putting extra strain on their limited financial resources."

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. 

"It's important that everyone includes fresh fruits and vegetables in their diets to achieve healthy nutrition and that includes senior citizens," said Freeholder Reed.  "This program will give our seniors the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful local produce at the peak of the season.  It's good for their health and for their spirits," Reed said.

The county will open the voucher program to seniors of Gloucester County on Wednesday, June 27h from 10:00AM to 12:00PM at the Division of Senior Services, 211 County House Road, Sewell

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Wednesday, June 27th from 1:00PM to 3:00PM at the County's Budd Boulevard Complex in Woodbury
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 farmers market voucher.

The 2007 Farm Market Voucher are for senior's citizens who are 60 years of age and have an annual income less then $18,889 for and individual and less then $25,327 for a couple. Seniors MUST show proof of income (Social security statement, SSI card, Medicaid card or previous year income tax return).

Vouchers can be used from June through November, 2007. Each senior will receive a list of participating farmer markets where they are valid for redemption. 

Vouchers may be used at the following local farm markets:

Circle M Farms, Swedesboro*
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
*new to the program in 2007

For further information please contact the Division of Senior Services at 232-4646, Monday through Friday.