Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a grant (administered by the State Department of Agriculture or the Agency on Aging) allowed to the States, U.S. Territories, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments designed for low-income seniors. They are offered coupons which can be exchanged for eligible foods. If you are eligible, you can get various foodstuff such as: fruits, vegetables, honey, fresh-cut herbs and other. You can obtain the products from the farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs.
To participate at the program and be able to accept and redeem SFMNP coupons are allowed only CSA authorized by the State individuals and agencies, except individuals who sell wholesale products.
The SFMNP doesn’t allow using the coupons for buying foodstuff such as: dried fruits or vegetables (dried plums, dried grapes, sun-dried tomatoes or dried chili peppers) as well as potted fruits or dried herbs, nuts of any kind or cider. The SFMNP requires you meet income limits as established by the SFMNP Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) and published in the Federal Register on March 18, 2016. To become eligible on the basis of income, your gross household income has to be less than 185 % of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines and you have to be over 60.
You may be eligible if you participate as well in other programs such as: Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). The SFMNP requires you live in the State in which you apply and meet all residency requirements.
The SFMNP allows you to be eligible for the grant after you are seen by a health professional (physician, nurse or nutritionist). The health professional has to establish whether you may be at nutrition risk. For consultation, you have to address to an approved health clinic where you will be seen for free. You will get a certificate that proves that you have a nutrition risk which means you have medical-based or dietary-based conditions. You will be measured the height and the weight and will be checked for anemia risk.
The SFMNP eligibility conditions and requirements can be checked when contacting the State or local agency in your area and schedule an appointment. They are entitled to advise you and guide you through the application process. You can contact your State agencies at a toll-free number (which you will find listed on the USDA website, according to the State you live in) and on the program’s contact page.