AASC

Office: (276) 964-4915
Toll-Free: (800) 656-2272
Fax: (276) 963-0130

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URGENT ALERT


WARN YOUR ELDERLY FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS APPALACHIAN AGENCY DOES NOT PRACTICE PHONE SOLICITATIONS!!!

Recently, AASC has been alerted to phony phone calls that could be an attempted scam for personal information being received by area residents appearing to be from Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens. The report indicated the call was an automated recording saying they were from Appalachian Agency and asks if the recipient wanted to renew their policy. If the recipient does not say anything, the recording will repeat.

Please be aware that these calls ARE NOT from Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens and if received, you should hang up immediately. Even if caller ID indicates Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, AASC does not utilize automated recordings in any fashion to contact citizens.


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PUBLIC HEARING


The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens will conduct a public hearing at the Four County Transit Facility, 164 College Ridge Road in the Wardell Industrial Park, Rt. 19, Cedar Bluff, on July 13 2018. The purpose of the 10:00 AM hearing is to receive comments on the proposed Area Plan for Aging Services for FY 2018-2019. Anyone unable to attend the hearing but wishing to make comments or inquiries, should contact Regina Sayers, Executive Director, or Brian Beck, Chief Financial Officer, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, PO Box 765, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609. Telephone: 276-964-4915; e-mail address: aasc@aasc.org.


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


Update: We are now out of coupons for the Farm Fresh Farmer's Market program.


Low-income seniors in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties may sign up for the Farm Market Fresh program starting May 1, 2018. This Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) helps low-income seniors obtain free fresh produce. Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens (AASC) administers the program locally.

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. Please call 276-964-4915 for more information. Applications can be mailed, picked up at AASC or printed from AASC’s website: www.aasc.org. Applications will not be available until June 1, 2018.

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 before June 30and must be spent by mid-late November, 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 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.

2018 SFMNP Application
2018 SFMNP Fact Sheet

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