Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

Last Updated 06/09/17

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) created the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) in 2000 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:

  • Age Eligibility:  Individuals who are at least 60 years old, Native Americans who are at least 55 years old, and disabled individuals less than 60 years old.
  • Income Eligibility:  Maximum household income of 185% or below of the US Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Citizenship:  Participants must be a resident of the State of Hawaii and must reside in the county of the service area they apply to.

SFMNP operates during “harvest season.” For Hawaii, this is defined as June 1 through September 30 each year. The USDA SFMNP allows a minimum benefit of $20 and a maximum benefit of $50 per participant per year.  In 2016, we worked with 44 farmers to provide SFMNP benefits to 5,943 participants.

People interested in SFMNP should contact the service agency handling the program for their island.  Please click here for the SFMNP Application and Handout information for Federal Fiscal Year 2017.  Completed applications can be mailed to the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Office of Community Services, 830 Punchbowl Street, Room 420, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.  In the Federal Fiscal Year 2017 harvest season (June 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017), OCS will be working with two (2) partners to provide SFMNP services:

  • On Hawaii Island, Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council (HCEOC) (phone: 808-961-2681) OCS-issued coupons are provided to enrolled seniors to redeem for eligible foods from farmers, farmers’ markets, and roadside stands.
  • On Oahu, Hawaii Foodbank (phone: 808-836-3600) issues vouchers (coupons) to enrolled seniors to redeem for eligible foods from farmers, farmers’ markets, and roadside stands.  Interested applicants can bring their completed applications to a certification site listed here or mail in to the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Office of Community Services, 830 Punchbowl Street, Room 420, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.

OCS is presently seeking service partners to deliver SFMNP services in FFY 2017 harvest season in the counties of Maui and Kauai, as the goal is to provide services statewide.  With the anticipated funding for this program for FFY 2017, OCS is planning to deliver services as follows:

County Caseload Food Value Administrative Funding
City & County of Honolulu 4,962 $248,100.00 $18,811.80
Kauai County
420 $21,000.00 $1,594.22
Maui County
1,009 $50,450.00 $3,826.13
Hawaii County
2,018 $100,900.00 $7,652.26
Total 8,409 $420,450.00 $31,884.41

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