Once a year, the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) gives eligible, low-income older adults 25 dollars in coupons to buy locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers' markets in New York State. Booklets are available in July and may be used through November. They are given out on a first come, first serve basis. Only one coupon booklet is given out to an eligible individual.
Farmers markets give out up-to-date information about healthy eating and have cooking demonstrations using local produce in the market. Adding more fruits, vegetables and whole grain to the meals we eat helps make us healthier. At the same time, this program helps support farming which is a major part of the state's economy.
For the Senior Farmers Market Program (SFMNP) checks are targeted to older adult households that meet the eligibility requirements. SFMNP Eligibility is determined by two factors: Age and Income.
Eligible recipients must be age 60 or older. - Someone who is age-eligible must then meet the income eligibility requirements.
Adult households who are, or affirm that they are, low-income based on one of the following criteria (A or B): A: 2022 Gross monthly income at or below 185% of Federal Poverty Guidelines:(These amounts change slightly each year)
$2096/month for a one-person household
$2823/month for a two-person household
$3551/month for a three-person household
Income levels increase by $728/month based on the number of persons in the applicant's household
B: Currently receiving or eligible to receive one of the following benefits: