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Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

 

NEWS AND UPDATES 

June 2, 2020

An updated list of Distribution Agencies and authorized sales locations have been added.

May 27, 2020

An updated list of Distribution Agencies has been added below.  The State of Alaska SFMNP office does not process applications.  Please submit your application to one of the distribution agencies listed below.

May 18, 2020

An updated list of sales locations has been added below.

May 12, 2020

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 senior applicants through distribution agencies in areas with authorized farmers.  A list of participating distribution agencies and authorized sales locations are listed below. 

  

Documents For Seniors:

 

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.

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