GRAFTON—Unfortunately, hunger is an issue for some families in Taylor County. However, one local organization’s program is working to help tackles this problem head-on and put food on the table for those families.
North Central West Virginia Community Action’s (NCWVCAA) community garden program is designed to help families supplement their food supply. The program wasn’t instituted to be a hand-out program, but rather a hand-up program.
“The garden program provides seeds, plants and education on gardening to families who need help putting food on the table,” shared Charlotte Green, NCWVCAA Community Case Manager.
Participants will also receive vouchers to purchase vegetable and fruit plants or additional seeds.
“The vouchers will be used to purchase something for the individual to plant in their garden,” she explained. “Those plants will continue to produce food items for the family.”
The program, which has been serving residents for more than 20 years, will once again be accepting applications. Qualifying applicants must be at or below the 125 percent of the Federal Poverty guidelines based on family size.
For example, a family with one individual must make no more than $15,950 yearly gross income, while a family of six has to fall under $43,950.
This year, the organization has modified the application process due to COVID-19 and precautions regulated by the state for social distancing.
Those interested should contact NCWVCAA by calling 304-365-3200, extension 10, and the application will be mailed or emailed to those who have inquired.
When completing an application for the program, you will need to attach proof of all household income. All completed applications must be turned in by April 30, 2020.
For more information about the program or for a list of income guidelines, please contact North Central West Virginia Community Action’s Taylor County office by phone at 304-265-3200.
“This is a very useful and helpful program that is done in conjunction with other community outreach resources,” shared Green. “It is very important for individuals to get their applications submitted for the program as soon as possible, to ensure their involvement.”