Supporting Senior Citizens
Beginning in 2016, the Essex County Division on Aging began distributing Senior FMNP vouchers at the Montclair Farmers' Market.
All *eligible seniors must bring proof of residency & income.
*In 2016, Ages 60+ and monthly income $1,832 or less ($916 bi-weekly) subject to change.
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NJ State Details: https://www.state.nj.us/agriculture/divisions/md/prog/wic.html
Essec County link http://essexcountynj.org/senior-services/
Essex County Division on Aging: 973-395-8391
Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP)
& Garden State Good Food Network (GSGFN)
2014, Began accepting *SNAP payments. (joining one of 3,000 farmers' markets nationwide)
*SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Old label: "Food Stamps"
2016 - 2019, The Montclair Farmers' Market grows our DVCP incentives program, generating more give-back than all other participating markets within City Green's Garden State Good Food Network (GSGFN) combined.
The DVCP is a nutrition incentive program aimed to help make farm-fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable to those in need of financial assistance.
For every $1 that the **eligible shopper spends at the Montclair Farmers' Market, the DVCP matches $1 for $1 in "Good Food Bucks" (up to $20) to purchase fruits and vegetables.
**eligible shoppers: SNAP benefit recipients, WIC (Women, Infants, Children) benefit recipients, or Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition SFMN voucher holders
DVCP strengthens the health of our Triple Bottom Line:
Note: All eligible SNAP, WIC, and Senior shoppers must FIRST visit our Market Manager's Table before shopping to collect their Good Food Bucks to spend on fruits and vegetables.
Our Farmers Donate to Local Emergency Food Programs
Since at least the 2000’s, the Montclair Farmers' Market farmers (Circle Brook Farm, Matarazzo Farms, Tree-Lious Orchards, & Vacchiano Farm) donated excess produce to local ***emergency food programs at the end of each market day. This volunteer-led program was originally developed with the United Way of Northern NJ.
From 2010 to 2016, car loads with multiple-thousands of pounds of produce were collected from the farmers on Saturdays and transport to the ***program sites.
Volunteers from Montclair State University's AmeriCorp program, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair, and (2013-2016) local resident / food justice volunteer, Pamela Arian, collectively transformed donations into a reality.
Our deepest GRATITUDE & APPRECIATION goes out to all of our past, current, and future Food Safety Warriors!
*** First Seventh-Day Adventist Church, The Salvation Army, and Toni's Kitchen