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Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

 

2021 Senior FMNP Coming Soon


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 that applies will receive $35 in coupons that may be used from June 1 through October 31.  Coupons for the SFMNP will be provided to eligible applicants through distribution agencies on a first-come, first-serve basis in areas with authorized farmers.  A list of participating distribution agencies and authorized sales locations will be posted below by June 1st.

Interested farmers and market managers can find more information on the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program webpage.

  

Documents For Seniors:

To apply, submit a completed Application for Eligibility to your nearest 2020 Distribution Agency listed below.

  • English Application for Eligibility (Coming Soon)
  • Russian Application for Eligibility (Coming Soon)
  • Hmong Application for Eligibility (Coming Soon)
  • Korean Application for Eligibility (Coming Soon)
  • Spanish Application for Eligibility (Coming Soon)

To designate someone to act on the behalf of a senior applicant, the senior may complete the following proxy form.

Applications (and proxy forms if needed) should be submitted to your nearest Distribution Agency listed in this document:

  • Distribution Agencies (Coming Soon)

Eligible seniors (or their proxies) will be provided the following document at the time of benefit issuance: 

 

Additional Documents for our Program:

  

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 6 coupons worth a total value of $30.00 for the summer growing season. Coupons can only be used to buy Alaskan grown produce and honey 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 areas with WIC authorized farmers' markets, farm stands and/or farms.  In 2019, this included 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 and pre-cut carrots are examples of foods that are not eligible for the program. Alaskan products such as eggs, fish and meats 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.