Learn About What We Do
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
The WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (WFMNP) provides pregnant or nursing mothers, infants and children enrolled in the NYS Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children ( called WIC), with checks worth $4 each to buy produce at NYS 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.
Where can I use my WIC FMNP or SFMNP checks? Visit NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to find a market near you. Not all markets accept FMNP checks. Under the name, address, and operating hours of each farmers market, look for "FMNP Accepted" to determine which markets accept FMNP checks. Once at the market, look for vendors that display the sign, “We Gladly Accept NYS FMNP Checks.”
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 market near you. Not all markets accept FMNP checks. Under the name, address, and operating hours of each farmers market, look for "FMNP Accepted" 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 the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly called food stamps. It’s quick, easy and confidential!
- Find out about nutrition education opportunities throughout New York State provided by Eat Smart New York and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).
Farmers’ Market Brochure
- The Farmers' Market brochure, Help for Shoppers at NYS Farmers’ Markets, will help you use your SNAP benefits, WIC checks, and FMNP coupons at a local market
USDA United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service
- A portal to information and social media on many food and health topics including USDA Core Nutrition Messages
healthy eating resources
- The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion features the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and more
- Find recipes, 10 Tips, meal planning ideas, and many other resources to “Move to a Healthier You” at ChooseMyPlate.
- Eating healthy doesn’t have to cost more. Visit “Eating healthy on a budget”
- Eat Smart New York offers great healthy recipes and other resources
Physical Activity resources
- The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services features the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, available in English and Spanish
- See the Move Your Way campaign to promote the Physical Activity Guidelines
- Find the Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute of Aging