Food Cuts

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West Virginia senior citizens will again be getting vouchers to buy fresh fruits and vegetables from area farmers.

This month, Congress restored funding for the Senior Farmers' Market Program, which had been cut by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in March.

State Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass says the program is very important to West Virginia seniors who are on fixed incomes.

Last year, West Virginia received $1.2 million of the $15 million distributed to states for their programs.

This year, West Virginia didn't get a share in the $10 million of available funds. But then, at the last minute, Congress added enough funding to the Farm Bill to give the state's program about $630,000.

State officials say that will allow about 30,000 seniors to receive vouchers worth $20 each.