The South Carolina Department of Social Services has announced the seasonal return of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). SFMNP is a seasonal USDA grant program to provide eligible seniors with fresh, nutritious, unprocessed fruits and vegetables from local farmers’ markets and to increase awareness and use of community markets.
The program was piloted in 6 counties in 2001. Since then the SFMNP has evolved, currently providing benefits to seniors in 42 counties. The program provides low-income seniors age 60 and older, in selected areas, with SFMNP checks that may be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at local authorized farmers’ markets.
The Program runs from May through October 15th each year. SFMNP benefits are offered to each participant once a year on a first come first served basis. Seniors must apply for benefits each year.
Steps to Receive Benefits:
Step 1: Potential recipients must submit an online application, in its entirety, to be eligible. .
Step 2: Wait on eligibility determination, via email.
Step 3: Follow instructions included in eligibility email to pick up SFMNP benefit(s).
Step 4: Purchase fresh fruits & vegetables from authorized farmers.
A listing of authorized farmers will be provided at pickup. Eligible participants will receive 5 SFMNP checks worth $5.00 each; for a total benefit of $25.00 that can be used at participating farmers’ market to purchase fresh, locally grown produce.
For more information, contact Seandra Kelly at (803) 898–1760 or [email protected]
Click HERE to apply online for Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program