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FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM (FMNP) & SENIOR FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM (SFMNP)

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provide WIC recipients and low income seniors with fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from approved farmers' in Pennsylvania.

Farmers Accepting the checks

Only farmers authorized by the State agency may accept and redeem FMNP and SFMNP checks.  Individuals who exclusively sell produce grown by someone else or purchased from a wholesale distributor cannot be authorized to participate in the FMNP.  An application can be found under the Forms link entitled Application for "Eligible Farmer" status.

Recipient Eligibility

FMNP - Recipients must be on the WIC program to receive this benefit.  Receive the benefit during quarterly WIC visit (May - September)

SFMNP - Seniors must be 60 or older by December 31st of the program year and meet the income eligibility guidelines.  Income eligibility is basis on 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines.  The guidelines are published each year by the United States Department of Agriculture.  Income includes interest, social security, wages, etc..

HOW TO APPLY

Call your County Aging office to find out when and where they are distributing the checks/vouchers.  Available on first come first serve basis.

How the Program Works for recipients

Recipients are given a list of participating farmers and farmers' markets when they receive their checks.  These checks are redeemed for fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Pennsylvania.  Each eligible recipient receives 4 - $5.00 SFMNP checks to redeem at a qualified farmers' markets or roadside stands.  There are over 1,150 FMNP participating farmers at 828 farm stands and 202 farmers' markets in Pennsylvania.

How do I know where to use my checks

Visit www.pafmnp.pa.gov to find a market close by that accepts the FMNP checks.  When you are at the market look for the white FMNP signs to know which vendors will accept the checks.

What to buy

The checks can be redeemed for Pennsylvania fresh fruits and vegetables only.  No processed food like jams, honey, nuts, cider or baked goods.  Also citrus and other tropical fruits are not allowed.

Click here to access the listing of Farm Markets and Farm Stands

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