Virginia Cooperative Extension raises food insecurity awareness through farmers market SNAP challenge

In honor of Hunger Action Month, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program and the Blacksburg Farmers Market have partnered to host the 2015 Farmers Market Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Challenge from Sept. 13 -19.

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Farmers Markets offer locally produced food, crafts to offer double dollars to SNAP/EBT customers

Beginning this week, Project GROWS will be offering two for one to SNAP/EBT customers at the North Augusta Farmers Market on Wednesdays at the Augusta County Government Center and at the Waynesboro Farmers Market on Saturday mornings at Constitution Park.

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Recruitment begins for two outreach specialist positions at VPAS

Recruitment is underway to fill two positions for an Outreach Specialist in the Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro and Harrisonburg Rockingham Regions at the Valley Program for Aging Services.

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Kathryn Coit, VPAS Outreach Specialist, visited BCSC

Kathryn Coit, Valley Program for Aging Services Outreach Specialist and Coordinator visited Bath Community Senior Center July 3.

McAuliffe announces bonus for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will receive a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) High Performance Bonus from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the amount of $1.7 million.

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SNAP Outreach Volunteers Trained

On June 4, VPAS Outreach Coordinator Debbie Branham and Outreach Specialist Kathryn Coit trained eight volunteers for the National Council on Aging (NCOA) grant-funded expansion of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach at area food pantries.

Bath Community Senior Center Traveled to Highland Center for Lunch

The Bath Community Senior Center members traveled to Highland County to attend a Senior Luncheon on June 11.

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Sign up now for Farm Market Fresh for Seniors program

During two enrollment sessions in June, older adults with limited income will be eligible to receive $40 in coupons to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs at the Staunton, Verona, and Waynesboro Farmer’s Markets this summer.

Volunteers Needed to End Hunger

Senior hunger increasingly puts individuals at greater health risks and puts an additional strain on charity food providers. You can join a dedicated group of volunteers who want to put an end to this problem!

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United Methodist Women hear about VPAS

SAW Regional Director Janice Gentry was asked to speak to the United Methodist Women’s Group at Main Street United Methodist Church on May 8.

Getting fresh produce at farmers’ markets is a SNAP

There are more than 240 farmers’ markets in Virginia, and now more consumers than ever can shop at them as the U.S. Department of Agriculture expands the mobility of its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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Valley Program for Aging Services joins National Movement to End Senior Hunger

Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS), in partnership with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and with support from the Walmart Foundation, has joined a nationwide effort to fight senior hunger by dramatically increasing participation by eligible seniors in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Report: Virginians lose money due to offshore tax havens

As the May 1 Virginia state tax filing deadline approaches, the United States Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) released the 2014 “Picking up the Tab” report that shows the cost to individuals and small businesses for big corporations’ use of offshore tax havens.


Farmers Market season under way in Virginia

Looking for the freshest, most delicious locally grown products available? One of the best ways to enjoy the bounty of Virginia’s spring, summer and fall is to shop at one of the state’s many farmers markets.

Volunteer Appreciation at Timberville Broadway Senior Center

The rain couldn’t stop us from celebrating our volunteers today at the Timberville Broadway Senior Center.

Sens. Warner, Kaine maintain Virginia priorities in Farm Bill

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va,) voted Tuesday for Senate passage of the bipartisan Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2014, which now goes to the President for his signature.

Michael Petit: Urge Congress to vote no on cuts to food assistance

Members of Congress have announced a deal on the “Farm Bill” and it just passed the House by a 251-166 margin. It will now move to the Senate. 103 Democrats voted against the Farm Bill on concerns that cuts to the food stamp program were draconian. And they’re right.

Mobile Information Station Stories

On Tuesday, January 14 the Mobile Information Station (MIS) site visit for Augusta County was at the Craigsville Community Center.

Mobile Information Station in SAW and HR Kicked Off This Week

The Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro and Harrisonburg-Rockingham expansion of the Mobile Information Station (MIS) took off for real this week, and it has been very encouraging.

Virginia Poverty Law Center launches new initiative to fight hunger

With funding from the Food Research and Action Center, the Virginia Poverty Law Center has launched a new initiative to fight hunger in the Commonwealth – Virginia Hunger Solutions. VPLC’s work in this area will be led by LaTonya Reed, public benefits staff attorney at the Center.

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Tim Kaine joins Senate colleagues in opposing food stamp cuts

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine joined 38 Senate colleagues Monday urging congressional budget conferees to fight against cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).