2022 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program applications are now available. The Market Season is June 1 – October 31. This is for LEWIS, MASON, and THURSTON county residents only. If you are from neighboring counties, check with your local Area Agency on Aging for similar programs as each county varies.
Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
New for 2022!! Each applicant can receive up to two sets of vouchers totaling $80 in vouchers! Please indicate on the application if you want one or two sets of vouchers!
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is to provide seniors in Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties the opportunity to purchase fresh, nutritious, unprepared, unprocessed, locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and fresh-cut herbs from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands. Participants will also receive nutrition educational materials including recipes, nutrient values, food preparation and storage information.
Another benefit of this program is that by increasing the consumption of local agricultural commodities it helps aid in the development of new farmers markets and roadside stands along with community supported agriculture programs.
To be eligible for the SFMNP, you must meet all of the following requirements:
• You must be 60 years old or older (or 55+ if you are Native American/Alaska Native)
• Your income must be below 185% of Federal Poverty Level. That means:
o $25,142 Annual or $2,096 Monthly Income for 1 person
o $33,874 Annual or $2,823 Monthly Income for 2 people
o For larger households, add $728 for each additional person
• You must be a resident of Washington State
This year’s application will be available on May 1, 2022. SFMNP checks will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. Once an application has been received and screened for eligibility, the applicant will be mailed either one set of $40 vouchers or two sets, totaling $80 in SFMNP checks to be used at participating farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Washington State. On the application there is the option to choose either 1 or 2 sets of vouchers. SFMNP checks are valid during harvest season, which is June 1 thru October 31, 2022.
Where to Shop:
A list of local participating farmers markets and roadside stands will be provided to each recipient of SFMNP checks. All participating farmers markets and roadside stands will have a sign posted that they accept SFMNP checks. Caregivers or family members may purchase produce with the SFMNP checks on behalf of an eligible participant when a PROXY form is filled out by the senior designating someone else to make purchases for them. Proxy form is available upon request. A complete list of all participating farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Washington State is available upon request.
No cash change will be issued for purchases that are in an amount less than the value of the check(s), and no State or local taxes will be collected on purchases of food with checks. SFMNP checks have a cash value of $4 each and come in books of $40 (10 checks each).
For Market Season 2022 Affidavits (applications) can be:
- Mailed to:
2404 Heritage Ct SW
Olympia, WA 98502
- Signed, scanned and emailed to LMTSFMNP@dshs.wa.gov
- Electronically signed and emailed to LMTSFMNP@dshs.wa.gov
***To avoid delays in processing emailed applications, please make sure to send each application as a separate PDF for each person applying. Do not combine several peoples applications into one PDF. Thank you!
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