Seasonal Announcements


Summer

Cooling Assistance Program
Fairfax County Farmers Market 2014
Mobile Marketplace at Southgate Community Center
Fan Care Program

Cooling Assistance Program

The Cooling Assistance Program

The Cooling Assistance program, a federally funded program, helps eligible low-income households with at least one person considered especially vulnerable to heat: a child under age six, a disabled individual, or an adult age 60 or older. Cooling assistance can be used to help with:

*       Payment of electric bills to operate cooling equipment.

*       Payment of security deposits for electricity to operate cooling equipment.

*       Repair of a central air conditioning system or heat pump.

*       Purchase of a whole-house fan, including ceiling or attic fans.

*       Purchase and installation of one window unit air conditioner for households where there is no unit or where the unit must be replaced.

Applications for the Cooling Assistance Program will be accepted from June 15 through August 15.

Apply Online - or -

For more information or an application form, visit the Virginia Department of Social Services Cooling Assistance page. Then complete the application and mail it along with a copy of your current electric bill and a pay stub to:

Fairfax County Department of Family Service - Lake Anne Building
11484 Washington Plaza West
4th floor
Reston, VA 20190

You may also request an application by calling 703-787-3100; TTY: 711 or pick one up at any of the county’s DFS offices:

*       Annandale - Heritage Center, West Wing, 7611 Little River Turnpike, Annandale

*       Fairfax - Pennino Building, 2nd floor, 12011 Government Center Parkway

*       Reston - Lake Anne Office Building, 4th floor 11484 Washington Plaza West, Reston

*       Richmond Highway/Alexandria - South County Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy (Rt. 1), 4th floor 

Get this information as a flyer in pdf form in English and Spanish.

Fairfax County Farmers Market 2014

                NEW THIS YEAR! There is a new Farmer’s Market site that the Fairfax County Government Center every 
              Thursday – rain or shine.  The hours are 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Parking Lot B until October 30. 
              
On-site vendors include the Great Harvest Bread Company, Kylie’s Pop Shop, Nitro’s Creamery, 
              Pleitez Produce, Soul Cakes by Tanya, Sweet Nuna Middle Eastern Delicacies, the Lamb’s Quarter, 
              Three Way Farms, Toigo Orchards, and Westmoreland Produce.  

             

Each May to November, eleven sites throughout Fairfax County spring to life with the activity of an open-air market. The Markets offer a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, eggs, dairy products, meats, honey, cut flowers and container plants. 

The Farmers Markets are supervised by the Fairfax County Park Authority through the Community Horticulture office based at Green Spring Gardens. The daily operations of the markets are managed by volunteer Market Masters.

Fairfax County Farmers Markets are local, producer only markets**.  All products sold are produced by vendors within 125 miles of Fairfax County.  Brokers and/or resellers are strictly prohibited. 

 

Mobile Marketplace at Southgate Community Center

Seasonal Fresh Produce for Reston Residents


4th Saturday of the month, May 24 – November 22

Southgate Community Center - 12125 Pinecrest Road, Reston VA

The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) and Live Healthy Fairfax are partnering with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) to provide low-income residents in the Reston community with access to seasonal fresh produce at no charge through the CAFB’s Mobile Marketplace program.  This open-air market will begin on May 24 and continue on the 4th Saturday of every month through November 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Southgate Community Center, 12125 Pinecrest Road, Reston, VA.

The Mobile Marketplace is a “farmers market” inspired distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables for families in high-need communities.  This targeted initiative builds on achievements of similar programs in communities in New York and Chicago where food insecurity rates are highest and households lack access to affordable healthy foods. 

For more information, please contact Chris Scales, Neighborhood and Community Services, chris.scales@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Fan Care Program

The Fan Care Program

The Fan Care program is another way to help older Fairfax area residents stay safe in the summer heat. This electric fan distribution program, sponsored by Dominion Virginia Power in partnership with the Virginia Department for the Aging, annually provides about 200 free fans and/or window air conditioners to eligible senior adults in the Fairfax area.

To qualify for Fan Care, a person must be at least 60 years old, need a fan to prevent heat-related health problems and meet income eligibility requirements. Not everyone in the home needs to be an older adult to qualify for a fan, but all incomes must be counted. There is a limit of one fan per household.

The Fan Care program begins on June 1 and runs through the end of September. To request an application, call the Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services – Fairfax Area Agency on Aging at 703-324-7694, TTY 703-449-1186.

 

 

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