|There are two components to the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (FMNPs), the
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) FMNP, WFMNP and the Senior FMNP, SFMNP. FMNPs
provide a direct tie between production agriculture and nutrition by providing
seniors and nutritionally at risk women and children the opportunity to buy
fresh local produce directly from farmers.
Goals of the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (FMNPs)r:
1) To provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fresh fruits,
vegetables and herbs from farmers markets and roadside stands to low-income
seniors and nutritionally at risk women and children.
2) To increase domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or
aiding in the expansion of farmers markets, roadside stands.
3) To develop or aid in the development of new and additional farmers markets,
How to Apply for SENIOR FMNP Coupons
How to Apply for WIC FMNP
How To Use Your FMNP Coupons
FMNP Market Redemption Sites
SENIOR Eligibility Requirements
No person is "entitled" to SFMNP checks; as the budget does not allow enough
checks to satisfy everyone who wishes to receive them and is eligible. Issuance
is on a first come-first serve basis until all available funds are expended.
Senior FMNP- Both criteria must be met in order to receive SFMNP coupons.
1. Age - person must be 60 years of age or older on the day of application, no
one under age 60 is eligible.
2. Income level - to be eligible on the basis of income, recipients’ gross household income must not exceed the following limits:
$1,634.00 monthly……for a household of ------1
$2,203.00 monthly……for a household of ------2
$2,772.00 monthly……for a household of ------3
$3,341.00 monthly……for a household of ------4
$3,911.00 monthly……for a household of ------5
$4,480.00 monthly……for a household of ------6
(Household: a group of related or non-related individuals living together as one economic unit. These amounts are at 165% of 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines.)
How To Apply for SENIOR
The Senior FMNP is administered by the Alabama Department of Agriculture &
Industries, Farmers Market Authority Section to provide coupons to low-income
seniors that are 60 years of age or older that can be used to purchase eligible
foods (fruits, vegetables, honey, and fresh-cut herbs) from farmers that grow
them and are selling them directly to you at local farmers markets and roadside stands.
If you are interested in applying for the SFMNP vouchers, you can complete and submit
an application on our web site by clicking
here. If approved, you will receive your
vouchers by mail to be used at Farmers Market Authority (FMA) approved markets and
roadside stands. The coupons/vouchers must be expended by November 15 of the calendar
year you receive them.
How To Apply for WIC
The WIC FMNP is associated with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for
Women, Infants and Children, generally 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 postpartum women, and
to infants and children up to 5 years of age, who are found to be at nutritional
risk. One must meet income requirements and have a nutritional risk that proper
nutrition could help to improve.
To apply to be a WIC participant, you will need to contact
http://www.adph.prg/wic/ or call 1-888-942-4673 to set up an
appointment. WIC FMNP is only available in the following AL counties:
Blount, Dallas, Hale, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, and Shelby.
How To Use Your FMNP Coupons
Choose a farmers market from our list of redemption sites; click
here to find a farmers market in your area. All
markets are self -governing. It is important that you note the markets days and
hours of operation and inquire locally for exact opening and closing dates.
(These dates may or may not coincide with the valid dates to redeem FMNP
coupons, April 15 - November 15).
Vouchers expire every year and they must be used in the year issued.
Walk through the market to compare the variety, quality and price of the produce
items on display at each farmer's stand before deciding what you will buy.
Use your FMNP coupons to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers who
display the "Farmers Market Nutrition Program" sign. If you have any questions
about selecting and preparing fresh produce, please ask the farmers.
Each WIC coupon is worth $4.00 and a SFMNP coupon is worth $6.00. You cannot
receive change from a coupon. If your purchase is less than the amount of one or
more coupons, the farmer will add more fruits and vegetables of your choice to
make up the difference.
You are welcome to use cash at the market to buy additional fresh produce.
You cannot use your coupons to buy non-produce items, ornamental pumpkins, or
FMNP coupons cannot be used at a grocery store or any location that is not
listed on our redemption site.