MASON COUNTY — Dates for the distribution of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers have been announced for Mason County.
The program is designed to assist senior citizens with the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the state during the summer months, according to the department of agriculture website. The vouchers are distributed by the county senior citizen centers after July 1.
With the opening of the farmers markets in both New Haven and Point Pleasant for the season, C. Renae Riffle, executive director of the Mason County Action Group, Inc. said she has been receiving many calls on when the vouchers will be available.
Riffle said vouchers will be distributed in Mason County beginning July 10. They will be available at the Gene Salem Senior Center in Point Pleasant from July 10 through July 14 from 9 a.m. to noon each day.
Other locations and times for voucher distribution are:
Mason Senior Center – July 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.;
Ashton Baptist Church – July 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.;
Leon Town Hall – July 13, 5 to 7 p.m.; and,
Corner Café in Letart – July 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Under the program, a person must be 60 years or older, and meet income guidelines. A book of vouchers is given that can be exchanged for goods from participating farmers at the markets, just like cash.
Farmers wanting to participate must grow their own produce and sell from a farmers market or dedicated farm stand. They must also participate in a training session by the department of agriculture.
Riffle said after July 14, the vouchers will only be available at the Gene Salem center until supplies are exhausted. For more information, call the Point Pleasant center at 304-675-2369.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at [email protected]