At JABA, our mission is to ensure that individuals and families live better. We believe that living as part of a community promotes healthy aging, so all JABA owned and run living options promote a sense of community. Whether you are seeking independent living or living with assistance, JABA continues to establish and preserve affordable living communities that increase options for living better.
Living as an elder should be an enjoyable part of your life. Why not enjoy yourself as part of a community that learns, plays and works together? At JABA, we have designed our Community Centers and our Adult Care Centers to promote fun and fellowship.
JABA is all about lending support to seniors in need of assistance. Whether that includes basic information, case management, insurance counseling, home delivered meals — or any of the many other available services — we want you to think of JABA as a source of support for you or your loved ones. Most of our support is offered as a gift to those who cannot pay. See individual programs for more details.
JABA is able to do all that it does because of generous volunteers and donors. We value contributions of time as well as dollars and promise to put your talents and your donations to very good use.
In the past five years, government funding has diminished. Luckily, individual and corporate contributions have begun to rise. Your assistance is greatly appreciated and needed.
What’s good for us as we age is good for our entire community — from planning for neighborhood growth, to promoting local foods and collaborating for the best use of resources. This is the philosophy behind JABA’s mission, “to promote, establish and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages.”
Debit/SNAP Cards Return to Local Markets
May 02, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THIRD TIME’S A CHARM FOR DEBIT/SNAP CARDS AT FARMERS MARKET
Program expands to Meade Park. SNAP recipients retain double rewards.
Charlottesville, VA (May 2, 2012)—- For the third year in a row, SNAP (food stamp) beneficiaries and debit card users are able to use their cards at the Charlottesville City Farmers’ Market. Now, for the first time, card users will also be able to shop the Meade Avenue Park market. The convenience comes thanks to a program facilitated by JABA in partnership with the City Market and Market Central, which allows shoppers using electronic benefits transfer (EBT) to swipe their cards in exchange for tokens usable at both the Wednesday and Saturday markets.
As in the past two years, SNAP card users can enjoy a bonus due to a grant from the Wholesome Wave Foundation to JABA. “The grant allows us, once again, to give SNAP beneficiaries up to $10 in additional tokens per day when they use $10 of their SNAP money at the market,“ says Judy Berger, community nutrition manager with JABA.
SNAP card holders are not the only ones to benefit according to Berger. “Last year we generated more than $32,000 in revenue between DEBIT purchases, SNAP purchases, and Double Voucher coupons for SNAP recipients. All that money stayed in our community, helping to support local farmers, while giving access to fresh, nutritious food for many who otherwise would never have that option.“
• Debit card/SNAP card holders can swipe their cards at the Farmers’ Market tent to receive tokens usable at the market.
• Debit card holders will receive tokens good for anything sold at THE market. In keeping with SNAP restrictions, SNAP card holders receive tokens good only for non-prepared food items.
• Thanks to the grant from the Wholesome Wave Foundation, SNAP recipients will receive double voucher coupons allowing them to receive an additional dollar to spend for every $1 deducted from the card, for up to $10 extra per day.
• Debit card holders can get change (cash) back from vendors, however SNAP recipients cannot.
• SNAP tokens are good for SNAP eligible food items and plants that grow food.
Market Dates and Hours
The Charlottesville City Farmers’ Market runs from 7:00 AM to Noon, every Saturday, April through December. It is located at East Market and First Street, Charlottesville.
The Meade Park Farmers’ Market is open from 3:00 PM to 7:00PM, Wednesdays, May through September. It is located on the corner of Chesapeake Street and Meade Avenue.
JABA and Local Food
JABA has been an active participant in the area’s local food efforts for several years. In order to age well, JABA believes that individuals of every age should have access to healthy, fresh food. For an overview of JABA’s local food initiative, visit http://www.jabacares.org/page/full/local-food-initiative/.
JABA (the Jefferson Area Board for Aging) serves the city of Charlottesville, and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. JABA cares about all aspects of senior and intergenerational welfare. The nonprofit organization works to promote, establish and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages.
For information on JABA and answers to other aging related questions, contact JABA at (434) 817-5222 or visit the website www.jabacares.org. JABA is on Facebook at JABA Charlottesville, Twitter as JABAcares, and has a blog at jabacares.wordpress.com.
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