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Eligible Sussex County seniors can receive free produce through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition program

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Senior Services is pleased to announce the 2021 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition program.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition program provides financially eligible individuals who are 60 years of age and older, with $30.00 worth of vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farm stands in New Jersey.  There are many local, community farms that participate in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition program and each voucher recipient will receive a complete list of the farm stands with their package.

The Sussex County Division of Senior Services office will be open to eligible seniors to obtain the vouchers. To be eligible, a senior must be a Sussex County resident and their income cannot exceed $23,606 annually if single, or $31,894 if married.

Effective July 1, 2021, new income limits will be implemented and you’re urged to check with the Division of Senior Services for the new limits if you are not eligible at this time.

To complete an application, seniors must provide proof of age, income and residency. A driver’s license or utility/phone bill is acceptable proof of residency and age. A 2020 income tax return, social security benefit statement, current pay stub or valid food stamp/SNAP verification is acceptable means to prove income eligibility. The PAAD card is no longer acceptable as proof of eligibility.

The Sussex County Division of Senior Services urges all eligible seniors to participate in this program. If you are eligible, but homebound — or do not have the ability to come into our office, you may receive vouchers through a proxy.

For additional information about the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition program, eligibility requirements or proxy requirements, contact the Sussex County Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0555, ext. 1221 or by email at seniorservices@sussex.nj.us.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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