Produce vouchers for low-income seniors
Low-income Atlantic County residents, 60 and older, are encouraged to take advantage of the state’s farm market produce voucher program coordinated through the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services. The annual program provides an opportunity to purchase locally grown produce using $20 worth of free vouchers. The vouchers may be used at participating farm markets July through October.
The Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services has received 1,000 vouchers from the United States Department of Agriculture which will be distributed on a first-come, first- served basis at the county’s senior centers and several senior housing complexes.
The state requires the county to target low-income senior citizens for participation. Residents must be 60 or older with an annual income that does not exceed $1,815/month or $21,775 annually for one person or $2,456/month or $29,471 annually for a couple. Eligible participants will receive four $5 vouchers per person to purchase locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from participating farm markets. Customers may spend one voucher at a time, but will not receive change if they do not use the whole value of a voucher. Participants may go to any site to receive vouchers and may call ahead for details.
No vouchers will be issued without proof of income which may include a Social Security statement, income tax return, bank statement, or a valid 2014 letter of government assistance, such as energy assistance or food stamps. Please note that Medicaid cards will no longer be accepted as proof of income. Proof of identification and residency as verified by a driver’s license, utility bill, bank statement, senior ID card, or posted mail is also required. Recipients must also present proof of age.
For more information and a list of participating farm markets, visit www.aclink.org/intergenerational or call (888) 426-9243.
Vouchers and a list of participating farm markets will be distributed to eligible residents, as follows:
July 1: Buena Senior Center, 600 Central Ave., Minotola, 10 a.m.-noon
July 2: New York Avenue Apts., 233 N. New York Ave., Atlantic City, 9-11:30 a.m.
July 9: Egg Harbor City Senior Center, 341-51 Cincinnati Ave., 9-10:30 a.m.
July 14: Atlantic City Townhouse, 1330 Mediterranean Ave., Atlantic City, 9-11:30 a.m.
July 15: Dr. Leinweber Senior Center, 235 Dolphin Ave., Northfield, 9-11:30 a.m.
July 16: Egg Harbor Twp. Community Center, 5045 English Creek Ave., 9:30 a.m.-noon
July 21: Jeffries Towers, 227 N. Vermont Ave., Atlantic City, 9:30 a.m.-noon
July 22: Brigantine Beach Community Center, 265 42nd St. South, 10 a.m.-noon
July 23: Hammonton Senior Center, 310 Bellevue Ave., 9:30 a.m.-noon
July 28: Baltic Plaza, 1313 Baltic Ave., Atlantic City, 9-11:30 a.m.
July 29: Galloway Senior Center, 621 White Horse Pike, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Aug. 5: Shalom House, 7301 Marshall Ave., Ventnor, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Aug. 14: H. Pogachefsky Senior Center, 1102 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.