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Posted on: April 23, 2021

Press Release Aging Awards Grant




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Linda Barfield

Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments

Area Agency on Aging Assistant Program Director


Area Agency on Aging Awards Grant for Local Farmers to Feed Senior Citizens through CARES Act Nutrition Funding


The Upper Coastal Palin Area Agency on Aging awards $202,000 to the Nash County Farmers Market to increase access to fresh produce for the region’s senior citizen population (age 60 and over) by distributing locally grown foods, including vegetables, meats, and other fresh goods. This nutrition award is funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The distribution will last through September 30, 2021.

The Nash County Farmers Market will utilize farmers and producers located in Halifax, Edgecombe, Nash, Northampton, and Wilson Counties for 100% of the Produce Boxes' contents to the greatest extent possible, while maintaining a variety of healthy options. Each box will contain seasonal items in portion for at least two USDA recommended servings for one person. Items will include a green vegetable, leafy green vegetable, yellow/orange/red purple vegetable, one vegetable compatible with longer storage, one fruit, one source of grain, and one source of protein.

The distribution of food boxes begins April 21, 2021, to select locations in each of the five-county region. Distribution for Edgecombe Northampton, Halifax, will occur each Wednesday, and Distribution for Nash and Wilson will occur on Thursday of each week while the program lasts. For further information, including eligibility or for a list of specific dates, times, and locations, please contact Maureen Brown at, telephone - (252) 459-9810; or Linda Barfield at, telephone - (252) 234-5957.

About the Upper Coastal Plain Area Agency on Aging

The AAA is one of 16 Area Agencies on Aging located in NC: with a geographic region covering five counties. Our mission is to empower senior adults, family caregivers, and individuals with disabilities residing in Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, and Wilson Counties to live independent, meaningful, healthy, and dignified lives through a comprehensive plan of services and linkages with community-based 


About the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments

The UCPCOG, established in 1971 under NC General Statute 160A-47, is the regional council of governments for the local governments located within Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, and Wilson Counties. UCPCOG is also the lead organization for the region’s Economic Development District, established through the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. For more information about UCPCOG, visit

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