Fresh Produce to Qualifying Older Adults

Mercer County Offers Checks for Fresh Produce to Qualifying Older Adults
Posted on 07/01/2020
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Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced that older adults in Mercer County again will have the opportunity to receive fresh-produce checks that will enable them to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farm stands.

In order to keep older adults and their families safe during this pandemic, the staff from the Mercer County Office on Aging have had to change the process for receiving checks.

We ask that you call 609-989-6661 and speak with a staff member or leave a message with your phone number so we can return the call.  This year each person will receive six $5 checks for a total $30 and are valid until Nov. 30, 2020.  Checks will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis.  

When you call the office, be prepared to:

  • Give us your name and address to verify you live in Mercer County
  • State your date of birth to verify you are 60 years of age and older
  • Verify that your income is within the eligibility qualifications listed below:

A single person’s income must not exceed $23,606 per year or $1,968 monthly; a couple’s income must not exceed $31,894 per year or $2,658 monthly. 

The Office on Aging staff will then direct you as to how you can secure your checks.

“During this COVID-19 situation, the availability of fresh fruits and vegetable from farmer’s markets is more important than ever. The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program offers older adults an increased opportunity to include a nutritious choice to their eating habits. It also helps the older adult who may be struggling financially to get the most for their money,” Mr. Hughes said.