WIC & Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs

WIC LogoThe WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (FMNP) provide locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables for WIC participants and lower income seniors. The programs also strengthen local economies and communities by promoting Washington State agriculture.

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program is part of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The WIC Nutrition Program provides nutrition screening, health referrals, nutrition education, and nutritious foods to supplement diets for low income families.

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program is designed to provide families participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) with locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Packets of $2 checks at a value of $20 are distributed to clients at participating WIC clinics across the state June through September. Checks are redeemable for fresh fruits and vegetables at approved farmers markets June through October.

In 2007, $25,047 worth of farm fresh produce was obtained by WIC families who used their coupons at the Spokane Farmers' Market. Statewide, $607,995 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables were distributed to WIC families at 81 participating farmers markets.

The Senior FMNP is part of the Senior Nutrition Program. The Senior Nutrition Program improves nutrition for low income adults over age 60. The program provides nutritious meals in a variety of group settings in the community and home delivered meals for seniors who are unable to leave their homes.

How the Program Works

Senior FMNP operates June through October. Eligible participants are age 60+ or are American Indian/Alaska Native and 55+ and have income below 185% of Federal Poverty Level ($1,575 per month for one in 2007) Within funding limitations, eligible seniors are issued $40 worth of $2 checks. These checks are used to purchase local produce at authorized farmers markets or roadside stands June through October OR local produce purchased directly from farmers and delivered to home bound seniors or to meal sites and senior housing for pick up by eligible seniors.

For information on how to apply for Senior FMNP benefits, click Senior Farmers Market Program Contacts to find a program coordinator in your area.