Skip to content

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

 

NEWS AND UPDATES 

Update July 31, 2019:

The SFMNP issues benefits on a first-come, first-serve basis.  As of July 31st, several Senior Distribution Agencies have run out of coupons.  It is recommended that if you are interested in applying for benefits to call your nearest distribution site to confirm they have benefits available.  Senior Distribution Agencies will maintain waitlists in the case more program benefits are made available.  Eligible seniors who are added to a waitlist are not guaranteed benefits.

Update May 20, 2019:

The Alaska Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for fresh Alaska-grown fruits, vegetables, fresh-cut herbs and honey at farmers’ markets, and authorized farms and roadside stands.  Each eligible senior receives six $5.00 coupons that may be used from June 1 through October 31.  Coupons for the SFMNP will be provided to eligible low-income seniors through distribution agencies in areas with authorized farmers. Coupons for the 2019 season are now available.  Please see below for a list of distribution agencies.

  

Documents For Seniors:

 

Documents for Farmers:

            Farmers in the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage, Copper Center, and Mat-Su areas will use this form
            to request reimbursement for SFMNP coupons.

            Farmers in the Fairbanks, Nenana, Dillingham, and Delta Junction areas will use this form to
            request reimbursement for SFMNP coupons.

 

Farmers' Market FAQ's

Who is eligible for Senior Farmers’ Market coupons?

Low-income seniors who live in areas of Alaska where there are Farmers' Markets and farm stands.

How do I get Senior Farmers’ Market Coupons?

If you are an eligible senior, you can apply and pick up coupons at your closest distribution agency.  See the list of distribution agencies listed above.  Some agencies offer services to homebound seniors.  Seniors may also have the ability to authorize a proxy to act on their behalf.  Call your local distribution agency for more information.

How do the coupons work?

Each eligible person receives a sheet of 5 coupons worth a total value of $30.00 for the summer growing season. Coupons can only be used to buy Alaskan grown produce at authorized farmers' markets, farm stands and/or farms. The farm stand at the market will have a sign saying they accept WIC and Senior Farmers' Market coupons. Farmers cannot give you change for your unused benefits and you cannot use coupons at a grocery store.

Where are the Farmers' Markets and farm stands?

The Senior Farmers' Market Program operates in Anchorage, Mat-Su Valley, Fairbanks, the Kenai Peninsula, Bethel and Southeast Alaska.  See the list of approved sales locations on the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program webpage.

What foods are eligible?

Eligible foods are fresh, unprepared, Alaskan-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey. Processed or prepared foods are not eligible. Cider is an example of a food that is not eligible for the program. Alaskan products such as fish or shellfish are not eligible.

How do I know which markets are authorized to accept coupons?

When your coupons are issued to you, you will be provided a list of eligible Farmers' Markets, farm stands and farms in your area.

How do I find out how to store and prepare these foods?

Your distribution agency may provide information on the nutritional value, methods of storage and recipes when you get your coupons. You can also ask farmers for tips when you redeem your coupons.

SFMNP