Appalachian Agency Center for Senior Citizens
Request of Sealed Bids Packets
for Mount Rogers PACE Center– Bristol, Virginia

Appalachian Agency Center for Senior Citizens (“AASC”) will accept sealed bids for Mount Rogers PACE Center (“Project”) located in Bristol, Virginia. Sealed bid packets shall be delivered to the attention of and shall be received by Owner – Brian Beck, CEO, until 2:00 P.M., local prevailing time, on Friday, June 28, 2024 at AASC’s office located at 216 College Ridge Road, Cedar Bluff, Virginia 24609 [CARRIER DELIVERY – UPS, FED EX, ETC.], P.O. Box 765 [USPS] Cedar Bluff, Virginia 24609, and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. No facsimile bids will be accepted.

AASC Request for Quote – Backup Appliances


AASC is accepting quotes for a backup solution. Quotes should include all S&H, delivery, and installation
charges, as applicable. Quotes should be accompanied by a written description of warranty terms and
any on-going/annual charges for any hardware or software maintence, support, licensing, or any other
future charges that would impact usage, support, or software/firmware updates. Tax-exempt certificate
provided upon request. Quotes should be purchase only; quotes with leasing terms, containing required
service/maintenance contracts, or other ongoing expenses will not be considered. Quotes must be
received by June 5, 2024 and be valid for 30 days.


Farm Market Fresh program helps low-income seniors buy fresh fruits and vegetables

Low-income seniors in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties may sign up now for the Farm Market Fresh program. This Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program helps low-income seniors obtain free fresh produce. Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens administers the program locally.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services a two-year $1.6 million grant to expand the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program in Virginia to:

  • Expand coverage of SFMNP in Virginia through local Area Agencies on Aging and local governments that enroll low-income seniors. Currently, participating AAA regions cover less than 50 percent of the state; this expansion reached 90 percent in 2023 and will reach 100 percent in 2024.
  • Increase the individual voucher amount to USDA’s maximum allowable amount of $50 per eligible participant.
  • Adjust the income eligibility of the program from the current 150 percent of the federal poverty level to 185 percent, which has the potential to reach 70,000 more eligible individuals.
  • Implement an electronic payment system of SFMNP funds to modernize the banking process for authorized vendors.

To qualify, seniors must be at least 60 years old and 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.

Eligible seniors receive vouchers worth $50, in $5 units, that they may spend with participating certified retail farmers’ market vendors. Vouchers will be mailed on June 1 and must be spent by November 18, depending on availability of produce.

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.

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-serve basis. Call 276-964-4915 for more information. Once applications are available, they can be mailed or printed from AASC’s website at For more information about SFMNP, visit .


AASC receives $25,000 to repair homes of veterans

Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens has received a $25,000 grant from Meals on Wheels America and The Home Depot Foundation through their joint initiative, Helping Homebound Heroes – a program that provides home repairs and modifications for veterans. The funding will support AASC’s efforts to ensure that veteran clients have safe and accessible homes.

“We are pleased to be part of this generous grant,” said AASC’s CEO Brian Beck. “It will make a profound impact on our veteran neighbors, whose courageous service to our nation deserves our respect and gratitude. It is an honor to now help them live safely in their homes.”

Since the partnership with Meals on Wheels America began in 2015, The Home Depot Foundation has contributed nearly $19 million and countless volunteer hours from Team Depot – The Home Depot’s associate volunteer force – to work alongside community-based Meals on Wheels programs on a wide range of home improvement projects, from converting showers and adding grab bars for bathroom accessibility, to repairing railings and constructing wheelchair ramps.  Ninety-one percent of clients responding to follow-up surveys reported that the home modification and repair services provided made them feel safer in their homes and 99 percent reported that the services helped them to continue living independently in their homes.

“Veterans who have given so much to us and our country deserve the opportunity to live more safely and independently in the comfort of their own homes,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “We are extremely grateful for The Home Depot Foundation’s long-standing commitment that helps local Meals on Wheels programs like Appalachian Agency provide more than just a meal to those in need.”

Meals on Wheels America is now entering its 10th year of the Helping Homebound Heroes program and has served nearly 3,000 veterans, with a continued goal to serve even more aging veterans nationwide. This year the program is expanding to 19 Meals on Wheels organizations in 13 states across the country.

If you’re a veteran, or know a veteran, who needs home repairs, call Appalachian Agency at 276-964-4915.