Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are available in early July
The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a program in which grants are
awarded to States to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs.
at The Burrillville Farmers Market and
local Senior Centers.
SFMNP helps to provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and
herbs from farmers' markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors, and increase the consumption of agricultural commodities by
expanding, developing, or aiding in the development and expansion of domestic farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs.
Low-income seniors, generally defined as individuals who are at least 60 years old and who
have household incomes of not more than 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines (published each year by the Department of Health and Human Services) are the targeted
recipients of SFMNP benefits. Some State agencies accept proof of participation or enrollment in another means-tested program, such as the Commodity Supplemental Food
Program or Food Stamps, for SFMNP eligibility.