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Farm Market Fresh Program Helps Low-Income Seniors Buy Fresh Fruits and Veggies


Low-income seniors in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties may sign up for the Farm Market Fresh program starting June 1, 2016. Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens (AASC) administers the program in these counties.

Individuals who have participated in the program in the past must complete a new application each year. Pre-enrollment is required and is limited, so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 276-964-4915 for more information.

Farm Market Fresh -- also known as Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) -- helps low-income seniors obtain free fresh produce. It also supports local farmers and farmers markets in Virginia.

Eligible seniors receive checks worth $40.00 (in $5.00 units) that they may spend with participating certified retail farmers market vendors. Checks will be mailed July 1, 2016. Seniors may spend the checks between July 1 and November 16, 2016 depending on availability of produce.

To qualify, seniors must be at least sixty years old and be residents of Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell or Tazewell County. They may not live in the same household and may not be an immediate family member of the farmer who grows the produce. Participants must also meet the program’s income requirements.

Enrollees may use the coupons to obtain locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs, including broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, greens, green beans, snap beans, green peppers, lima beans, potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, squash, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, apples, blackberries, cantaloupe, nectarines, peaches, pears, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelons and fresh cut herbs.

Items not eligible for purchase with Farm Market Fresh checks include produce not grown locally, such as oranges, bananas and pineapples; processed foods, such as honey, maple syrup, cider, nuts, meat, bread and cheese; and non-food items, such as flowers and plants.

SFMNP is a joint effort by the Virginia Department for the Aging and Rehabilitative Services Virginia Division for the Aging and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

AASC is one of Virginia’s 25 Area Agencies on Aging designated by the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services to carry out the department’s mission to foster the dignity, independence and security of older Virginians by promoting partnerships with communities at the local level. AASC offers information and services for older adults residing in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties. Visit the organization’s website at www.aasc.org or call toll-free at 1-800-656-2272.

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this program is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write U. S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (866)632-9992 (voice) or (202)260-1026 (local). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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AASC Receives Pet Food Assistance Grant from Banfield Charitable Trust


Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens received a generous grant from Banfield Charitable Trust for pet food assistance. This grant will benefit Meals on Wheels Clients. The grant was designed to promote adequate nutrition for seniors by providing them with food for their pets. Many times, seniors are not able to purchase pet food, therefore share their meals with their pets. By sharing their food, the seniors are not getting adequate nutrition which is a cornerstone for healthy aging.

AASC was able to purchase the pet food from the Richlands Farm Bureau and deliver throughout the four county service area. The recipients have been so thankful to know that not only are they not going to go hungry, but neither is Fido. Thank you Banfield Charitable Trust for this awesome grant.

AASC is one of Virginia’s 25 Area Agencies on Aging designated by the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services to carry out the department’s mission to foster the dignity, independence and security of older Virginians by promoting partnerships with communities at the local level. AASC offers information and services for older adults residing in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties. Visit the organization’s website at www.aasc.org or call toll-free at 1-800-656-2272.


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AASC to Host Community Fun Day in Clintwood


Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens will host a Community Fun Day at the Clintwood Senior Center on May 9, 2016 from 10am-1p. All community members are encouraged to attend for games, free food and fellowship. For more information, please contact Chase Meade-Patton at 276.964.4915. We hope to see you there!

AASC is one of Virginia’s 25 Area Agencies on Aging designated by the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services to carry out the department’s mission to foster the dignity, independence and security of older Virginians by promoting partnerships with communities at the local level. AASC offers information and services for older adults residing in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties. Visit the organization’s website at www.aasc.org or call toll-free at 1-800-656-2272.


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