Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Seniors
Published 4:40 pm Monday, May 24, 2021
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a federally funded program administered by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, Farmers Market Authority Section.
The SFMNP provides eligible seniors with $30 in vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from certified farmers at farmers markets and farm stands in the state of Alabama. Food benefits are available on a first come, first serve basis until the available funds are committed and the deadline to register is on June 1.
Must be 60 years of age or older on the day of application, and the Applicants’ gross household income must not exceed $1,756 monthly for a household of 1 and $2,371 monthly for a household of 2. Visit http://fma.alabama.gov/SeniorNutrition/ if you have more than 2 people in your household.
Applicants must apply online at: http://fma.alabama.gov. Unfortunately, applications cannot be accepted over the phone or by mail. If you need assistance or do not have access to a computer, ask a relative, friend or church member to complete the application for you. Those approved will receive vouchers by mail at the address given on the applications. Applicants must reapply every year!
The vouchers can be used for fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and cut herbs. Vouchers can only be redeemed at State Certified Farmers Markets, Farm Stands and U-Pick Operations. To view a list by county, visit http://www.fma.alabama.gov/FMCounty.aspx or http://agi.alabama.gov/docs/fma/RedemptionSites. Vouchers cannot be used at a grocery store or any location that is not listed on the redemption site.