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"SENIORS FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION" PROGRAM

WHAT A Federal and State funded program providing discounts to low-income seniors to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables promoting healthy elderly nutrition.
WHYTo encourage seniors to eat nutritious food especially when on fixed incomes while helping local farmers.
WHERE Federally Funded.
State Department of Agriculture or State Department of
Aging.
Across the USA.


Program Description

The aim of the "Senior Farmers Market Nutrition" Program is provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods (fruits, vegetables, honey, and fresh-cut herbs) at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs. Each state or area agency on aging has has relationships with set local vendors.

Seniors are given coupon booklets which they can use at local farmers markets. The program runs through the summer.

Nutrition education is provided to the elderly to encourage seniors to improve and expand their diets by adding fresh fruits and vegetables, and how to select, store and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables they purchase with "Senior Farmers Market Nutrition" Program coupons.

"The Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program" (SFMNP) receives funding from the Federal Government.

The Administration on Aging also administers the "Elderly Nutrition" Program which provides a range of related services through the aging network’s estimated 4,000 nutrition service providers. Programs such as nutrition screening, assessment, education and counseling are available to help older participants meet their health and nutrition needs.  These also include special health assessments for such diseases as hypertension and diabetes.

Adequate elderly nutrition is essential for healthy aging, the prevention or delay of chronic diseases and disease-related disabilities, the treatment and management of chronic diseases and overall quality of life.
source:nutrition.gov  

The "Senior Farmers Market Nutrition" Program operates in 51 State agencies and federally recognized Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) including: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Chickasaw Nation (Oklahoma), Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Five Sandoval Pueblos (New Mexico), Florida, Georgia, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians (Michigan), Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Oklahoma, Osage Nation (Oklahoma), Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, San Felipe Pueblo (New Mexico), South Carolina, Standing Rock Sioux (North Dakota), Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
* Not all State agencies operate the SFMNP on a statewide basis.
source:fns.usda.gov,nutrition.gov

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