For Immediate Release
June 20, 2017
Low Income Seniors Can Enjoy Farm Fresh Produce with $25 Vouchers
Beginning July 11, the annual produce vouchers for low income county residents 60 years and older will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last at county senior centers and several senior housing complexes.
The vouchers, distributed by the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services, allow recipients to purchase locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables at participating farm markets through October. This year each eligible recipient will receive five, $5 vouchers, ($25 total) - one more $5 voucher than provided in prior years.
The state requires the county to target low-income senior citizens for participation. Residents must be 60 years or older with an annual income that does not exceed $1,860/month or $22,311 annually for one person or $2,504/month or $30,044 annually for a married couple.
Eligible participants will receive five, $5 vouchers per person. They 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. A list of participating farmers’ markets is available at: www.aclink.org/intergenerational.
No vouchers will be issued without proof of income which may include a Social Security statement, income tax return, bank statement, or a valid 2017 letter of government assistance, such as energy assistance or food stamps. Please note that Medicaid cards will not 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.
Vouchers will be distributed to eligible residents at area locations July 11-27. Visit www.aclink.org/intergenerational for locations and times.