DOAG: WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

Programs, Services, and Grant Opportunitites

Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs

Connecticut's Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs (FMNP) are a popular set of supplemental food programs offered in conjunction with most Connecticut farmers’ markets.  Farmers certified by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture through these nutrition programs are authorized to accept vouchers distributed to eligible program participants for use at eligible farmers' markets.  Those farmers can then redeem the vouchers for face value, similar to checks. 

To become eligible to accept these checks, farmers must participate in a certification meeting, sign a letter of agreement, and submit a crop plan to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.  Certified farmers may deposit all FMNP checks at any Connecticut financial institution (bank, savings and loan, credit union, etc.) by appropriately endorsing each voucher. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Any produce farmer who wishes to participate in a FMNP authorized farmers’ market should contact the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.  Farmers must go through a certification meeting followed by production area verification prior to participating in a FMNP authorized market:


Crop Plan (2 pgs, Word doc)

Specialty Crop Plan (2 pgs, Word doc)

 
 

WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
The WIC
FMNP is a congressionally authorized program administered by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CT DoAG) and jointly funded by the State of Connecticut and the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA-FNS). 

This program provides benefits to Women, Infants and Children (WIC) who are identified as “nutritionally at risk,” to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at FMNP authorized farmers’ markets. Each eligible recipient receives five (5) three-dollar ($3) checks ($15 per recipient, per market season).  WIC FMNP check booklets are distributed to WIC offices statewide by CT DoAG. For a listing of FMNP authorized farmers’ markets, please visit our Farmers’ Market listing on the Connecticut Grown Information for Consumers Page.

 


Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

The SFMNP is a supplemental food program for low income seniors, it is similar in most respects to the WIC FMNP. 

 

Individuals 60 years of age or older, with incomes that do not exceed 185% of poverty income guidelines are eligible. Clients must be participating in another program with proper means testing verifying their eligibility. Examples of other programs include but are not limited to renter rebate programs or congregate meal programs.

 

Each eligible recipient receives six (6) three-dollar ($3) checks ($18 per recipient, per market season), which can be redeemed at FMNP authorized markets throughout Connecticut for fruits, vegetables, fresh cut herbs, and honey. For a listing of FMNP authorized farmers’ markets, please visit our Farmers' Market listing on the Connecticut Grown Information for Consumers Page.

 

Senior FMNP checks are issued to Municipal Agents or Social/Elderly Service Directors by the CT DoAG.  The vouchers are then distributed by the Municipal Agents or Social/Elderly Service Directors to their seniors clients. CT DoAg cannot send SFMNP checks to individual seniors.

 

2017 Senior Check Distribution Sites

 

 

Senior FMNP 2 Million Series Checks Not Valid

 

Due to the lack of a state budget being enacted by the General Assembly by July 1, 2017, funding for Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) has been effectively eliminated.

 

Farmers should immediately stop accepting SFMNP checks for produce and honey, because you cannot be compensated for the transaction at this time. 

 

The affected SFMNP checks are “2 million series” numbered 2000001 through 2200000.

 

Farmers also may be presented with SFMNP “3 million series” checks numbered 3000001 through 3006000. Farmers receiving these checks can accept them in exchange for produce or honey.  This check series is covered under the federal SFMNP, which is fully funded by the USDA.  They are the same color as the 2 million series checks.

                    

The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program checks can also be accepted.  These checks are a pink color with a 1 million series check numbering.

 

If you have collected a 2 million series SFMNP check, please hold onto it and do not attempt to deposit it.  If the checks are able to be deposited in the future, or if anything other changes arise, we will notify you immediately.

 

DO NOT ACCEPT OR DEPOSIT THESE CHECKS 

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Memo to Farmers Regarding Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program 2017 (.pdf)

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For more information on Connecticut farmers’ markets and other supplemental food programs offered through farmers’ markets, please see the CT Farmers’ Market Reference Guide or call the CT Department of Agriculture – Marketing Bureau (860) 713-2503.