The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is designed to provide low-income seniors with access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Those who are eligible are provided coupons to redeem fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets and farm stands. The program’s purpose is to promote improved nutrition through increased consumption of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables and expand sales at famers’ markets and farm stands.
How to Apply
- To participate, fill out an online application.
- Seniors who meet the following eligibility requirements can apply for coupon booklets online:
- Are 60 years of age or older; and earning either
- $1,968/month (for a one-person household); or
- $2,658/month (for a two-person household); or
- $3,349/month (for a three-person household).
- If an older adult does not have access to the internet, they can contact Aging Connect at 212-244-6469 to request a mail-in application form.
Additional Program Information
- SFMNP coupon booklets are distributed on a first come first served basis
- A coupon booklet and program information including market schedule and nutrition education, is mailed direct to seniors through the US Postal Service.
- Coupons cannot be used before July 1, 2020 or after November 30, 2020.
- Each participant will receive one coupon booklet with 5 coupons worth $4 each. Farmers are not permitted to give change for purchases less than $4.
- Upon receipt, coupon booklet may be redeemed at any time participating farmer market/stand.
- Fruits and vegetables grown locally and sold at participating Farmer’s Markets may only be purchased. Plants, citrus and tropical fruits are not permitted for purchase with SFMNP coupon booklets. Fresh cut herbs may be purchased, but only if they will be used for cooking or flavoring. Processed food may not be purchased with SFMNP checks. Jack-o-lanterns and similar products also may not be purchased, per program rules.
- Eligible seniors must sign in the “Signature Recipient or Proxy” block on the front of the coupon booklets.
- A proxy may go to markets to make the purchase for eligible older adults.
- Social distancing should be practiced and masks should be worn at all times at markets and stands.
- Coupons cannot be used to purchase food online.