Mercer County offers qualifying seniors funds for fresh produce

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes recently announced that starting June 1st, the Mercer County Office on Aging/Aging & Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) will accept applications for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. The program provides funding for the purchase of fresh, unprepared foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and herbs to low-income older adults. 

To qualify for this program, individuals must be able to verify that:

• You are 60 years of age or older

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• You live in Mercer County

• Your income does not exceed $26,973 per year ($2,248 a month) if applying as a single person or $36,482 per year ($3,041 a month) if applying as a couple

This year, instead of paper vouchers, those eligible will receive the $50 to spend at participating vendors at local farmers’ markets in the form of a QR code. The code will be accessible from their smartphones, or printed on paper from the (ADRC), and easy to scan to the vendor.

Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. When the QR code is received, a listing of participating markets and vendors will also be provided. Make sure to call ahead, as market days may change due to weather and produce availability.

If you, a family member, or a friend could benefit from this program, please call the Office on Aging/ADRC at 609-989-6661 or email or for more information or to apply.

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