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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, 2015. 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, 2015. Seniors may spend the checks between July 1 and November 16, 2015 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 To Host Easter Basket Auction


AASC employees assemble Easter baskets keeping all members of the family in mind. In previous years AASC has had everything from “Happy Easter Fur Baby” baskets for your four legged family members, to “Pretty Princess” for the gorgeous little girl in your life. AASC has also assembled fishing baskets, baskets to pamper your loved ones, and collegiate sports team baskets.

All baskets will be posted on AASC’s Facebook, beginning Monday, March 30 and bids will be updated daily. Bidders are encouraged to visit AASC’s website for a complete listing of the baskets as well as a detailed list of the contents. The final day for bids will be Thursday, April 2, 2015. If there are any questions, please contact Chase Meade-Patton at 276.964.4915.

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 Postpone Souper Senior Saturday


The impending weather forecast is causing Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens to postpone Souper Senior Saturday on Saturday, February 21, 2015. AASC is working with the local restaurants who volunteered to donate the soup to confirm an alternative date.

Souper Senior Saturday will be held on the AASC’s Cedar Bluff campus in the newly renovated AllCARE for Seniors PACE Center and will continue forward with the artisan auction once an alternate date has been confirmed. Please continue to frequent AASC’s website and Facebook page for updates. For more information, please contact Chase Meade-Patton at 276.964.4915 or email at cpatton@aasc.org .

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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