Eligible WIC recipients may receive Farmers’ Market checks. The state WIC agency determines who receives these checks each summer. Contact your local WIC agency for more information.
Please contact your WIC provider for more information. In Iowa, that is the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
The Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging offers the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.
Contact 563-543-7065 to schedule conference with Colleen.
The purpose of the SFMNP is:
1. Provide resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors.
2. Increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community support agriculture programs.
3. Develop or aid in the development of new and additional farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community support agriculture programs.
4. Applications are available starting June 1 through October.
What foods are available through the SFMNP?
Fresh, nutritious, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, honey, and fresh-cut herbs can be purchased with SFMNP benefits. State agencies may limit SFMNP sales to specific foods that are locally grown in order to encourage SFMNP recipients to support the farmers in their own States.
Certain foods are not eligible for purchase with SFMNP benefits; these include dried fruits or vegetables, such as prunes (dried plums), raisins (dried grapes), sun-dried tomatoes or dried chili peppers. Potted fruit or vegetable plants, potted or dried herbs, wild rice, nuts of any kind (even raw), maple syrup, cider, and molasses are also not allowed.
Who is eligible for SFMNP benefits?
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. Iowa residents interested in SFMNP should contact Scenic Valley Area Agency on Aging at 563-588-3970 for more information.