Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is available to supplement the diets of qualifying low-income seniors in many states, territories and Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) throughout the U.S.

Through the Farmers Market Nutrition Program, low-income seniors receive coupons that can be used to purchase eligible food items from farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture programs (CSAs) and roadside stands. During the 2017 fiscal year, for instance, the program supplemented the diets of around 811,809 low-income seniors in the U.S.

With SFMNP benefits, program participants can purchase eligible food items such as fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, helping low-income seniors to improve their diets and live healthier lives. To qualify for food vouchers under this program, however, seniors must meet age and income restrictions, or they must be eligible for benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). To learn more about this program and how to apply, review the sections below.

What is the Farmers Market Nutrition Program for Seniors?

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program supplements the diets of elderly citizens who meet age and income restrictions. Through this program, qualifying seniors receive coupons for purchasing locally-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from participating farmers’ markets, CSAs and roadside stands. With these benefits, seniors may purchase eligible food items during the harvest season, including unprocessed fruits, vegetables, honey, and fresh-cut herbs. In most states, the harvest season runs from May through October. However, the harvest season may run longer or shorter in some states.

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Moreover, the federal SFMNP benefit amount ranges between $20 and $50 per household (or individual), per month. However, seniors cannot use their vouchers to purchase maple syrup, molasses, nuts, wild rice, dried fruits or vegetables and potted fruits, vegetables and herbs. Dried fruits and vegetables include prunes, raisins, dried chili peppers and sun-dried tomatoes. Additionally, the CSA, roadside stand or farmers’ market must be authorized by the state to accept and redeem these food vouchers.

What are the SFMNP eligibility requirements?

To be eligible for Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program benefits, applicants must be at least 60 years of age and meet income restrictions. For instance, seniors must reside in a household that earns a gross income of no more than 185 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). In some states, seniors may also qualify for these food vouchers if they are eligible for benefits under SNAP or CSFP. However, they must present proof of their program eligibility.

To learn more about these Farmers Market Nutrition Program income requirements for 48 contiguous states, including the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories, refer to the following chart:

Household

Size

Annual Income 100%

of FPL

Annual Income 130%

of FPL

Annual Income 185%

of FPL

1 $12,140 $15,782 $22,459
2 $16,460 $21,398 $30,451
3 $20,780 $27,014 $38,443
4 $25,100 $32,630 $46,435
5 $29,420 $38,246 $54,427
6 $33,740 $43,862 $62,419
7 $38,060 $49,478 $70,411
8 $42,380 $55,094 $78,403
Each additional family member Add $4,320 Add $5,616 Add $7,992

 

Additionally, annual SFMNP income requirements for states such as Alaska and Hawaii include the following:

Household

Size

Alaska

 100% of FPL

Alaska

 130% of FPL

Alaska

 185% of FPL

Hawaii

100% of FPL

Hawaii

130% of FPL

Hawaii

 185% of FPL

1 $15,180 $19,734 $28,083 $13,960 $18,148 $25,826
2 $20,580 $26,754 $38,073 $18,930 $24,609 $35,021
3 $25,980 $33,774 $48,063 $23,900 $31,070 $44,215
4 $31,380 $40,794 $58,053 $28,870 $37,531 $53,410
5 $36,780 $47,814 $68,043 $33,840 $43,992 $62,604
6 $42,180 $54,834 $78,033 $38,810 $50,453 $71,799
7 $47,580 $61,854 $88,023 $43,780 $56,914 $80,993
8 $52,980 $68,874 $98,013 $48,750 $63,375 $90,188
Additional members Add $5,400 Add $6,799 Add $9,990 $4,970 Add $6,461 Add $9,195

 

How many Farmers Market Nutrition Program locations are there?

Currently, farmers’ market nutrition program vouchers are accepted in many cities and states throughout the U.S. During the 2017 fiscal year. For instance, 19,449 farmers, 94 CSAs, 2,541 roadside stands, and 3,641 farmers’ markets received authorization to accept these program vouchers. While many states do not operate the program on a statewide basis, 52 State Agencies, ITOs and U.S. Territories accept these vouchers throughout the nation.

For instance, senior farmers’ market nutrition locations are available in states such as: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Nationwide ITOs that participate in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program include the following:

  • Chickasaw Nation (OK)
  • Choctaw Nation (OK)
  • Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos (NM)
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (MI)
  • Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MS)
  • Osage Tribe (OK)
  • Pueblo of San Felipe (NM)
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (ND)

How to Apply for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

To obtain vouchers under the farmers’ market nutrition program for seniors, applicants must contact the participating agency in the state in which they reside. While these often include Agencies on Aging and State Departments of Agriculture, not all states participate in the program. To obtain contact information for states that do participate in the program, refer to the following chart:

State State

Agency

Telephone Number State State

Agency

Telephone Number
AL Department of Agriculture & Industries 334-240-7249 MT Department of Public Health & Human Services 406-444-7786
AK Department of Health & Social Services 907-465-3100 NE Department of Agriculture 402-471-2341
AZ Department of Health Services 602-542-0379 NV Department of Agriculture 775-353-3758
AR Department of Human Services 501-320-6557 NH Department of Health & Human Services 603-271-4546
CA Department of Food & Agriculture 916-657-3231 NJ Department of Health 609-292-9560
CT Department of Agriculture 860-713-2559 NM Department of Health 505-476-8801
DC Department of Health 202-442-9140 NY Department of Agriculture & Markets 1-800-554-4501
FL Department of Elder Affairs 850-414-2000 NC Department of Health & Human Services 919-855-3400
GA Department of Public Health 404-657-2900 OK Department of Human Services 405-521-2281
HI Department of Labor & Industrial Relations 808-586-3957 OR Department of Human Services 886-299-3562
IL Department of Human Services 217-782-2166 OH Department of Aging 614-466-9919
IN State Department of Health 1-800-522-0874 PA Department of Agriculture 717-772-2693
IA Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship 515-281-5321 PR Department of Agriculture 787-475-05630
KS Department of Health & Environment 785-296-2330 RI Department of Environmental Management 401-222-6800
KY Department of Agriculture 502-782-9241 SC Department of Social Services 1-800-616-1309
LA Department of Agriculture & Forestry 985-345-9483 TN Department of Health 615-741-7218
MA Department of Agricultural Resources 617-626-1744 TX Department of Agriculture 512-475-0069
MD Department of Agriculture 410-841-5776 VT Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living 802-241-0529
ME Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry 207-287-7526 VA Department of Aging & Rehabilitative Services 804-662-9319
MI Office of Services to the Aging 517-373-8230 WA Aging & Disability Services Administration 360-725-2466
MN Department of Agriculture 1-800-942-1636 WV Department of Agriculture 304-558-2210
MS Department of Agriculture 601-359-1100 WI Department of Health Services 608-266-1865

 

Moreover, SFMNP contact information for participating ITOs include the following:

 

Indian Tribal Organization (ITO) Telephone Number
Chickasaw Nation 580-222-2831
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma 1-800-522-6170
Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos 505-771-5386
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa &

Chippewa Indians

1-866-534-7750
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians 601-389-4510
Osage Tribe of Oklahoma 918-287-5455
San Felipe Pueblo 505-771-7200
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe 701-854-3846

 

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