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Opportunity for fresh produce sprouts from the Barbour County FARMacy Program

BARBOUR COUNTY, W.Va. — Through a sponsorship with the West Virginia University Extension Service, Heart and Hand House and the Barbour County Community Garden Market, Barbour Community Health Association will soon begin its annual Farmacy Program for qualifying residents.

Funds for the Farmacy program have allowed BCHA providers to distribute vouchers for patients to receive fresh, local fruits and veggies from two pop-up market locations free of charge. Vouchers will be distributed to approximately 30 patients for the 2021 program.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this amazing program to local residents struggling with food insecurity and health complications. Each year this program helps so many individuals and families in need,” said Debbie Schoonover, BCHA’s COO. “As an organization we strongly believe in the program’s mission and hope to continue offering this program to county residents each year.”

The Farmacy program was created to promote the idea that fresh, nutritious foods should be affordable and available to all. Programs around the state continue to offer locally grown produce to patients (and their families) who experience chronic disease and food insecurity.

The program will begin on July 8 and run until Sept. 23. The pop-up market located at the Belington Presbyterian Church will open at 10 a.m. The second location will be at the Barbour County Community Garden Market and open at 3 p.m.

For more information on the program, please contact Debbie Schoonover or Connie Williams at 304-823-2800.

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