News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners
Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Melonie Marano, Commissioner Deputy Director
Doug Singleterry, Commissioner Ÿ Sara Sooy, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2022
Somerset County Office on Aging Offers Free Farmers Market Vouchers to Eligible Residents Until Sept. 30
SOMERVILLE – Eligible Somerset County residents can receive free farmers market vouchers worth $30 to purchase fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs grown at local farms. The vouchers are available at the Office on Aging and Disability Services, located in Somerville until Sept. 30, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Vouchers are valid until Nov. 30.
Farm Stands Participating in 2022
Axcel Farm, Hillsborough; Duke Farm to Table Market, Hillsborough; Norz-Hill Farm & Market, Hillsborough; and John H. Drake Farm, Skillman.
Individuals must be 60 years of age and above, reside in Somerset County and meet the following income guidelines:
- An individual’s income cannot exceed $25,142
- A married couple’s income cannot exceed $33,874
Application and Registration Process
This year individuals will not have to provide proof of income, but eligible applicants must:
- Sign and date a Self-Declaration of Income Form stating that they meet the required income guidelines
- Fill out a registration form to receive the vouchers
- Applicants MUST show proof of age and residency with a driver’s license or other documentation
Appointments to Apply and Pick Up Vouchers
To make an appointment and apply, call the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services toll-free at 1-888-747-1122 or 908-704-6346, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
There will not be curbside assistance this year, but residents can pick up vouchers at the following location:
- Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services
27 Warren Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
- Parking is available in the Visitor Lot to the right of the Somerset County Human Services building
If eligible participants can not pick up their vouchers at the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, they can send a representative (proxy). Proxies can only represent a maximum of three seniors.
The proxy must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 16 years of age or older
- Provide a proxy statement or letter that is signed and dated by the eligible senior stating the proxy is authorized to pick up the vouchers
- Provide identification
Obtain a proxy form by contacting the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services toll-free at
1-888-747-1122 or 908-704-6346.
For more information about the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, contact the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services toll-free at 1-888-747-1122 or 908-704-6346.
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
The Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services receives vouchers through the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). The SFMNP is a program designed to provide low-income seniors with access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs; help increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities through farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agricultural programs; and aid in the development of local agriculture.
Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services
The Office on Aging and Disability Services connects seniors, their caregivers and adults with disabilities to the programs and services they need to remain independent and active in their community.