Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
Last Updated 01/15/2019
In 2000, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) created the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) to provide low-income seniors with eligible foods through farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. SFMNP provides fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey, and herbs to the eligible service population during “harvest season,” which is April 1 through September 30 each year. Through the SFMNP, seniors are provided with nutrition education to emphasize the relationship of proper nutrition to good health, including the importance of consuming fruits and vegetables.
Hawaii’s SFMNP offers eligible seniors $50 worth of coupons (10 coupons valued at $5 each) to obtain eligible foods without charge from participating farmers, farmers’ markets, and roadside stands that have been approved to accept SFMNP coupons. Coupons may be redeemed from participating vendors from April 1st – September 30th.
The eligibility requirements to receive SFMNP benefits are as follows:
- Age Eligibility: Individuals who are at least 60 years old.
- Income Eligibility: Maximum household income of 185% or below of the US Federal Poverty Guidelines.
- Individual Household – $25,826
- Two-Person Household – $35,020.50
- Residency: Participants must be a resident of the State of Hawaii and must reside in the county of the service area they apply to.
Applicants must be certified to participate each year, therefore, those who participated in the program last year must submit a new application each year.
Applications for the 2019 program year will be available in March of 2019.
Resources for Further Information
- 7 USC §3007 – Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
- Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Regulations – 7 CFR Part 249
- Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Policy Memos
- FNS Instruction 113 – Civil Rights
- SFMNP Fact Sheet July 2016
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: email@example.com. This institution is an equal opportunity provider