Senior citizens who qualify may begin signing up for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) at senior centers throughout the state after July 1, according to Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick.
“This is an extremely popular program that benefits our state’s farmers and our low-income senior citizens,” Commissioner Helmick said. “Buying locally also keeps West Virginia food dollars inside our state, and provides fresher and more nutritious produce to consumers.”
The SFMNP provides eligible seniors with $20 worth of coupons that can be used for fresh produce at participating local farmers’ markets. Participants can register for the program and pick up the coupons at the same time, but must meet specific age and income limits.
Participants must be at least 60 years old. A household of one must make no more than $21,257; a household of two must make no more than $28,694; three, no more than $36,131; four, no more than $43,568; and five, no more than $51,005.
The program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - which will provide approximately $469,000 for the program this year. It is administered by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, which provides training for vendors that accept the vouchers and oversight of program funding.
WV Department of Agriculture