Outreach Services

2021 Farmer's Market Coupon Program

WestMass ElderCare is proud to participate, in partnership with South Hadley Council on Aging, in the 2021 Farmer's Market Coupon Program for low-income elders sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. The Coupon Program provides coupons for elders in Massachusetts to redeem for locally grown produce at participating farmer's markets across the state. This year the benefit level per elder is $25 per elder.

South Hadley Council on Aging will begin distributing farmer's market coupons Monday, July 12 at 9 a.m. This is a fist come first served program and participants must pick up the coupons in person. Pick up is at the Senior Center located at 45 Dayton Street. 

Elders must meet the following criteria for eligibility:

  1. They must be 60 years of age or older
  2. They also must have limited income at or below 185 percent of the Federal poverty level
  3. Only one coupon per person may be distributed. 

For more information regarding this program contact Social Service Coordinator Ann Andras at 413-538-5030 extension x6206.


Types of Services

  • Brown Bag Program (discounted groceries for eligible lower-income seniors)
  • Food stamps and food programs
  • Fuel assistance
  • Health programs and screenings
  • Prescription advantage (discounted prescriptions for lower-income seniors)
  • Prescription information (files of life)
  • PVTA bus tickets
  • Shine (health insurance assistance)
  • Shopping assistance
  • Tax assistance

Fuel Assistance Program

The Massachusetts Fuel Assistance Program helps needy families by paying a portion of their heating bills from November 1 to April 30. If you are on a low or fixed income, we encourage you to apply.

Eligibility

Renters and homeowners who pay for their own heat are eligible for this program. Renters’ heat must be included in their rent. Those who have a housing subsidy must not receive a utility allowance.

Eligibility is based on the number of people in your household and the combined gross (before taxes) income of all persons residing in the household.

Income Guidelines

(Gross Annual Household Income Before Taxes) No. of People Income Limit

  1. $32,618
  2. $42,654

Applications

If you are a 1st-time program applicant you must apply in person. The Fuel Assistance Program has interview sites in Greenfield and Northampton. All appointments must be made through the main office by calling 800-370-0940. Or, you may apply by making an appointment with Ann Andras here at the Council on Aging by calling 413-538-5030.

Health Programs & Screenings

  • Blood Pressure Clinics
  • Foot nurse
  • Hearing Screening
  • Immunizations