Seniors visiting farmers markets

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program


WHAT IS THE SENIOR FARMERS’ MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM?

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a federally funded program administer nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services Agency, and in California, by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE SFMNP?

The goal of the California SFMNP is to provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally-grown produce, cut herbs, and raw honey through Certified Farmers’ Markets to low-income seniors.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

SFMNP food benefits are provided to individuals 60 years of age and older who are on a limited income (see table below), allowing them access to fresh produce from local farmers markets. Qualified senior recipients may receive only one produce box per season, which runs from May-September. Quantities are limited.

Click here to see if you’re Eligible

WHERE CAN I GET AN SFMNP PRODUCE BOX?

To meet the Department of Public Health guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, CDFA has partnered with the California Association of Food Banks to distribute a one-time produce box containing fresh fruits and vegetables to eligible seniors at local food banks instead of check booklets/coupons for the 2021 season (May - September 2021).

USDA FNS Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is an equal opportunity provider. Full USDA Nondiscrimination Statement (in English and Spanish).

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Contact Us

California Department of Food & Agriculture
Office of Grants Administration
1220 N Street, Room 120
Sacramento, CA 95814
Ph: 916-657-3231
Grants@cdfa.ca.gov