The Brick Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday at Windward Beach Park, will participate in the state Department of Health’s Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, which provides senior citizens who have limited incomes with healthy food.
The program will begin July 1 in Brick, Mayor Lisa Crate said at Tuesday night’s township council meeting.
“It not only encourages healthy eating, but supports our local farmers,” she said. “We have someone at our Farmers Market – ‘Farmer Al’ – and he accepts the senior vouchers.”
Under the program, seniors age 60 and over can obtain vouchers with a QR code that can be scanned at the market and exchanged for fresh fruits and vegetables. The income requirements are listed on the state’s website. The vouchers with the codes can be obtained at the township’s senior services office at Civic Plaza, 270 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick.
“You have to go to the Senior Services office and they’ll give a booklet,” Crate explained. “All you have to do is show your code to the farmer, and he’ll have the technology to scan it, and that will be it.”
Those seeking more information on the program can call the Senior Services office at 732-920-8686.