Program Description

The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides 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 (CSA) programs.

General Program Requirements

The SFMNP is administered by state agencies such as State Department of Agriculture or Aging, and federally recognized Indian Tribal governments. Not all States operate the SFMNP on a statewide basis.

The SFMNP serves low-income seniors, generally defined as individuals who are at least 60 years old and who have household incomes of not more than 185 percent of the U.S.  Poverty Guidelines (published each year by the Department of Health and Human Services), are the targeted recipients of SFMNP benefits. Some State agencies accept proof of participation or enrollment in another means-tested program, such as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), for SFMNP eligibility.


Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information about how to apply for SFMNP benefits, contact the State agency where you reside. A list of SFMNP State agencies can be found on the SFMNP State Agency contacts page.

Program Contact Information

For more information, visit the SFMNP page.

Additional Information

Tribes Funded by this Program8
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)FY 2016 – Est. 816,000
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal/Native Entities, Non-Tribal/Non-Native Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityNo Set-aside; Tribes Eligible with Other Entities
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes -- Tribes compete with participating State agencies
Type of Assistance ProvidedGrant
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Funding TypeMandatory
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number10.576
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes

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