Produce vouchers available for low-income Bayonne seniors

Vouchers can be redeemed at the farmers market and other approved locations

Fresh tomatoes at the Bayonne farmers market. Photo courtesy of Mayor Davis.
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Fresh tomatoes at the Bayonne farmers market. Photo courtesy of Mayor Davis.

Mayor James Davis announced that low-income Bayonne seniors may apply for 2020 produce vouchers.  A new application procedure is in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bayonne Office On Aging will administer an application process and issue the vouchers on the same day: July 27 in Fitzpatrick Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rain date is July 29, same hours and location.

Fitzpatrick Park is one block south of city hall on Avenue C, between 26th and 27th Streets. Applicants will need to form a line while standing or on mobility devices. Indoor furniture will not be available.

Face masks will be required, and social distancing will be enforced. Applicants must have proof of Bayonne residency, age, and income.

Those on Medicaid can show a Medicaid card.

Those not on Medicaid must provide proof of income with appropriate documentation. The program is targeted for seniors, 60 and older, whose income level is at or below 185 percent of the federally defined poverty level.

Eat your greens!

The vouchers would enable qualified seniors to purchase New Jersey-grown fresh fruit and vegetables at the Bayonne farmers market and other approved locations. Participating farmers sell New Jersey produce eligible for the voucher program.

Another farmers market takes place on Tuesdays from 2 to 7 p.m. until fall at Del Monte Drive and 22nd Street.  The Hudson County Office On Aging will indicate the locations of other approved farmers markets.

Each qualified senior will receive five $5 vouchers to be used only with the farmers signed up with the program for the purchase of fresh, locally-grown New Jersey fruits and vegetables.

Some consumer items, such as nuts, buttered corn, bakery products and precooked, frozen dinners are not eligible for the voucher program, even if they’re  sold at farmers markets.

The program is a joint venture of the New Jersey 5-A-Day Program, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Hudson County Office On Aging.

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