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Healthy People, Vibrant Farms and Food-Secure Communities

FMNP’s goals are to enhance the food security of low-income families and seniors, and to strengthen local farmers’ markets.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets administers the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). The Department collaborates with the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Office for the Aging, and Cornell Cooperative Extension in administering the program.

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Through county-based Extension staff, CCE provides outreach for the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program statewide. Staff provide educational programming to help WIC participants and low-income seniors select, store, and prepare fresh produce from the farmers’ market.  FMNP Outreach also focuses on developing tools for CCE educators. Tools increase educators’ capacity to serve as resources to nutrition assistance program participants, farmers, market managers, and community agencies involved in FMNP.

Learn About What We Do

Together we strive to:

  • Enhance the health of nutritionally at-risk New Yorkers
  • Improve nutrition knowledge and food skills
  • Promote use of farmers' markets by WIC families and low-income seniors
  • Support New York farmers selling fresh produce at farmers' markets
  • Expand and Diversify New York State fruit and vegetable production
  • Promote farmers' markets for sustainable and vibrant communities

WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

This program gives eligible, pregnant or nursing mothers, infants and children enrolled in the NYS Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), checks worth $4 each to buy produce at farmers’ markets.

  • Am I eligible for WIC FMNP?  You must be enrolled in the WIC program in order to be eligible to receive WIC FMNP checks. Fill out the WIC Prescreening Tool to find out if you might be eligible for WIC.

  • What Next? To find a local WIC agency convenient for you, call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 1-800-522-5006.

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

provides seniors with checks worth $4 each to buy produce at farmers’ markets.

  • Am I eligible for SFMNP? Eligibility is based on age and income; participants must be 60 years or older and have an income less than or equal to 185% of the federal poverty level.
  • What Next? Senior citizens interested in the SFMNP should contact their local Office for the Aging or call the New York State Senior Hotline at 1-800-342-9871.
  • Where can I use my WIC FMNP or SFMNP checks? Visit NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to find a New York State Farmers Market near you. Not all markets accept FMNP checks. Look for the FMNP column in this table to determine which markets accept FMNP checks. Once at the market, look for vendors that display the sign, “We Gladly Accept NYS FMNP Checks.”

EBT/SNAP and Other Benefits

  • Find out if you are eligible for SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps).  It’s quick, easy and confidential!
  • Find out about Eat Smart New York nutrition education opportunities throughout New York State.

Locate a NY State Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ Market Brochure

ChooseMyPlate.gov

  • Find recipes, 10 Tips, meal planning ideas, and many other resources to “Move to a Healthier You”
  • Eating healthy doesn’t have to cost more. Visit “Eating healthy on a budget”

Physical Activities Guidelines for Americans

  • Resources from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services available in English and Spanish
  • Move Your Way: A Campaign to Promote the Updated Physical Activity Guidelines

USDA United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

National Institute of Aging

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