Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Agency
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
 
GDForum ID: 2427
Description of Proposed Guidance Document Changes
Farm Market Fresh is a federal nutrition grant program administered by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Division for Aging Services (DAS) that authorizes local farmers to accept Senior and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (S/FMNP) benefit vouchers. Through cooperative agreements, DAS’ agricultural partners assist with the farmer application/authorization process and with Farm Market Fresh training and monitoring activities. DAS’ agricultural partners include: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), Virginia State University (VSU), and Virginia Farmers’ Market Association (VAFMA). The purpose of the program is to provide fresh fruit and vegetables, and nutrition education to participants; promote farmers’ markets as a direct marketing outlet for Virginia farmers; and promote the sale of Virginia fresh fruit, vegetables and cut herbs. Last year, this program partnered with 278 farmers and assisted 13,113 older adults and 6,552 WIC recipients. The proposed changes to the VDA Farm Market Fresh Handbook for Farmers include: • Updated outdated references for the Office of Aging Services (OAS) to the Division of Aging Services (DAS). (entire manual) • To match current practices, program technology, and terminology, the section titled “Checks” was updated to “Vouchers” and two new sections were added: “New QR Code Redeeming” and “Voucher Deposit Deadline.” • Authorizing new Roadside or Farm Stands. • Updated the map that displays regions that participate in Farm Market Fresh and updated the reference name from “Virginia Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)” to “Farm Market Fresh Participating Agencies.” • Non-substantive grammatical edits and updated contact information. The changes to this document support Virginia’s compliance with the federal grant requirements.
 
Guidance Document(s) for this Comment Forum
 
Document ID Document Title Current Document Proposed Document
5161 VDA Farm Market Fresh for Seniors Handbook for Farmers pdf Document     pdf Proposed Document
 
Contact Information
 
Name:
Charlotte Arbogast
        Title:
Senior Policy Analyst/Regulatory Coordinator
 
Email:
charlotte.arbogast@dars.virginia.gov
 
Address:
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
 
City:
Richmond
State:  
VA
Zip:  
23229
 
Phone:
(804)662-7093
Fax:  
(804)662-7663
 
ORM Review
 
ORM Approved (5/14/2024)
pdf ORM Economic Review Form     posted: 4/24/2024         submitted to ORM: 4/24/2024
 
The Virginia Register
 

Publication Date: 6/3/2024    Volume: 40  Issue: 21
The public comment period is red dot In Progress!    closes at 11:59pm on 7/3/2024
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Planned Effective Date:  7/4/2024   
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