NCWVCAA program affording residents seeds for success, apply now

TAYLOR COUNTY—The weather is warming, and residents will soon begin to till up the land in preparations for their gardens. And, because hunger and food insufficiency remain issues for some residents, a local program aimed at tackling the problem head-on is beginning to accept applications.

North Central Community Action Association’s (NCWVCAA) community garden program is designed to help families supplement their food supply. And while there to help, the platform wasn’t created to offer hand-outs, but instead it is used to afford residents a hand-up.

“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.

Applications may be picked up at the Taylor County Community Action Office, located at 20 East Main Street, during their regular business hours. However, because of Covid-19 precautions, those who are quarantined or have health concerns may obtain applications without meeting in-person.

Those interested should contact NCWVCAA by calling the Taylor County Office, and the application will be mailed or emailed to individuals who have inquired.  

Green noted that most of the application process can be handled via phone, including an interview. When completing an application for the program, proof of all household income will need to be attached.

“We will work with participants to obtain income documentation and the signatures needed to process applications,” Green disclosed. “This usually is done through a short appointment that is scheduled with the client.”

Green noted that NCWVCAA would also be willing to accept documentation that had been emailed or faxed, as well.

All completed applications must be turned in by April 29, 2022.

For more information about the program, a list of income guidelines or to request that an 2022 Garden Program application be sent, please contact Green at North Central West Virginia Community Action’s Taylor County office by phone at 304-265-3200.

Green noted that it is very important for individuals to get their applications submitted to ensure their involvement in this year’s program.


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