Vouchers to assist qualifying seniors

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON COUNTY — Eligibility requirements for the senior citizen Farmer’s Market Voucher Program have been announced by the Mason County Action Group.

Senior citizens who meet the requirements will receive a booklet that contains seven $4 vouchers, for a total of $28. The vouchers can be used at five farmer’s market locations in Mason County.

To be eligible for the vouchers, a residents must show identification verifying they are 60 years or older, and proof that they are a Mason County resident.

Household income guidelines must also be met. A household of one must not have a monthly income of over $1,860; household of two, $2,504; three, $3,149; and four, $3,793.

Those unable to pick the vouchers up themselves can appoint a proxy, who must have identification and a note from the senior stating the person has been designated as the proxy. The proxy must then have the participant’s identification, showing proof of residency and age, as well as income verification.

Vouchers can be used at the following places:

Mason County Farmer’s Market under the Bartow Jones Bridge in Point Pleasant, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon;

Hartford Farmer’s Market on Hartford Hill on Rt. 62, east of Hartford, Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon;

New Haven Farmer’s Market, New Haven Park, New Haven, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.;

Johnson Produce, 33270 Huntington Road, Ashton, Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and,

Sayre Farms, 14390 Sandhill Road, (seven miles from red light), Point Pleasant, daily from dawn to dusk.

It is noted that not all farmers who are at the markets take the vouchers. Those who do will have an orange sign posted.

Vouchers are accepted for fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs, as well as unprocessed honey. The produce must be West Virginia grown.

Vouchers can be obtained at the following locations, dates and times:

July 10-14, 9 a.m. to noon, Gene Salem Senior Center, 101 Second Street, Point Pleasant;

July 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mason Senior Center, Second and Horton streets, Mason;

July 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ashton Baptist Church, 10230 Ashton Upland Road, Ashton;

July 13, 5 to 7 p.m., Leon Town Hall, 136 Main Street, Leon; and,

July 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Country Corner Café, corner of Rt. 62 and Sandhill Road, Letart.

After July 14, vouchers will only be available at the Gene Salem Senior Center in Point Pleasant until supplies are exhausted. Only one booklet will be given to a household.


By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.