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Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP):

The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is associated with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, popularly known as WIC. The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education at no cost to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding post-partum women, and to infants and children up to 5 years of age, who are found to be at nutritional risk.

The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is a Congressional-authorized program designed both to provide resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared foods (fruits and vegetables) from farmers’ markets to women, infants, and children who are “nutritionally at risk” and to expand the awareness, use and sales at farmers’ markets.

Description:

  • Provides participants of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) with coupons to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at farmers’ markets or roadside stands that have been approved by a State agency to accept FMNP coupons.
  • Works to expand the sales and to promote the awareness and use of local farmers’ markets.
  • Provides participants with FMNP coupons in addition to their WIC vouchers.
  • Operates in 37 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and five Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs).

Participants:

  • 2.6 million people participated in FY 2005.
  • Women, infants older than 4 months of age and children certified to receive WIC program benefits or who are on a waiting list for WIC certification. State agencies may serve some or all of these categories.

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP):

The purposes of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program are to:

  1. Provide resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs from farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors,
  2. Increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs, and
  3. Develop or aid in the development of new and additional farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs.

Description:

  • Provides low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged at authorized farmers’ markets, roadside stands or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs for fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.
  • Works to increase the consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding, developing or aiding in the development and expansion of domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands and CSA programs.
  • Operates in 38 States, 6 tribal organizations, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.