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FreshConnect Checks For Veterans And Families

In collaboration with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Veterans  Benefits Advisors with the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs are offering FreshConnect checks to Active Duty members, Veterans and their immediate family members, as well as un-remarried surviving spouses of Veterans.  

Recipients can use FreshConnect checks for fresh produce and other food items at participating farmers markets throughout New York State.     

Veterans Benefits Advisors will be distributing FreshConnect checks on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the state of New York starting in July 2018.

Each recipient gets a booklet of FreshConnect checks worth a total of $20 at participating farmers’ markets.  

Only one booklet of checks per household. New York State employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to receive FreshConnect checks, regardless of Veteran status.  

Recipients can use FreshConnect checks until the end of the year (December 31, 2018).  

For more information, including vendor inquiries, please call the Department of Agriculture and Markets at (518) 457-7076 prompt #1. 

For information about where you can go to pick up your Fresh Connect checks please call 1.888.838.7697 (VETSNYS).   



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