The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is providing coupons in Raleigh County for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

The program was established to provide eligible senior citizens the opportunity to purchase local fruits and vegetables from farmers markets and other approved markets in participating counties. 

Registration will begin Monday, July 15.  Raleigh County residents can register Monday from 9 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Raleigh County Commission on Aging, located at 1614 S. Kanawha St. in Beckley.

Coupons will be distributed until the supply is depleted. Each qualified applicant will receive $28 worth of coupons.

The coupons may be used all at once or may be used individually in $4 increments. These coupons may be redeemed locally at participating Beckley markets, and may be used to obtain fruits and vegetables grown in West Virginia.

A previous release from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture listed one participating market for Raleigh County — Beckley Uptown Farmers Market, located at the Beckley Intermodal Gateway Parking Garage on Neville Street, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 3 to 5 p.m. from July to October. 

To qualify for the coupons, applicants must be 60 years of age or older and meet the income guidelines. The income guidelines require no more than $23,107 annual income for a single person household; $31,284 for a two-person household; $39,461 for a three- person household; or $47,638 for a four-person household.

If the applicant is not physically able to register for the program, a proxy or proxies can be registered to obtain the produce for them. If a proxy is signing up a participant, they must have a signed proxy authorization from that participant. Proxy authorizations can be picked up at the Senior Center.

For additional information contact the Raleigh County Commission on Aging at 304-255-1397.

— Email: wholdren@register-herald.com and follow on Twitter @WendyHoldren

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