The Salem County Department of Health and Human Services will be distributing farm market vouch3rs to eligible senior citizens beginning June 7th. Each eligible person can receive five vouchers, each worth $5, to use at designated farm stands in and around Salem County.
This year, in addition to six municipal sites, the County Office on Aging and Disabilities is expanding distribution locations to include two adult daycare facilities and seven senior apartment complexes.
“Due to the popularity of the program, we asked the State Department of Health for more vouchers, and since our residents have a high percentage of using the vouchers once they get them, we received twice as many vouchers this year,” explained Freeholder Director Bob Vanderslice. “Normally, we receive 2,000 vouchers. This year, we are receiving 4,000 and that allows us to go directly to the daycare centers and senior apartment complexes to make it easier for people to sign up.”
To be eligible, a person must be at least 60 years old, live in Salem County, and have an income not greater than $21,987 if single or $29,637 if married. Proof of age, residency, and income must be shown when picking up the vouchers. With married couples, each person is eligible to receive vouchers.
Staff will set up in municipal buildings in LAC, Carneys Point, Pilesgrove, Pittsgrove, the Pennsville FOP and the Old Court House in Salem. New distribution sites include the Salem County Daycare, Senior Centers of America, Carneys Point Senior Apartments, Kent Avenue Apartments, Penns Grove Senior Tower Apartments, Salem Senior Apartments and Salem Senior Towers Apartments. The new sites are restricted to clients and residents at those sites.
Vouchers will be distributed from June 7th through June 21st, and they can be used immediately and up through November 30.
For more information, call the Salem County Office on Aging and Disabilities at 856-339-8622, 856-451-1207, or 856-358-3857. Registration forms can be downloaded on the Salem County website at www.salemcountynj.gov.