The WIC & Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs (FMNP) provide locally grown unprepared fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to nutritionally at-risk pregnant, breast-feeding, or post-partum women, children 2-5 years old as well as eligible seniors 60 years of age and older.
Who should participate:
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with the New Jersey
Department of Health and Senior Services, administers the programs. Local farmers are recruited and trained to be Certified Farmer Vendors in the WIC & Seniors FMNP. These farmers benefit from the programs by direct marketing their locally grown fresh produce to eligible participants at their roadside stands and community farmers market across the state.
How the program works:
FMNP checks are distributed through local WIC Agencies and County Offices on Aging. Participants in the FMNP are given lists of Certified Farmers Vendors and community farmers markets when they receive their checks/vouchers. Each eligible WIC and Senior participant receives four $5 checks/vouchers that can be redeemed for fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs grown by local farmers. The checks/vouchers are valid beginning June 1st through November 30th.
To participate in the WIC & Seniors FMNP, you must receive face-to-face training, complete a two-page application and sign an agreement. The New Jersey Departments of Agriculture and Health and Senior Services administer the registration process.
For farmers interested in becoming a certified vendor, contact:
New Jersey Department of Agriculture
For WIC and Senior FMNP information:
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Dorothy Ngumezi, 609-292-9560, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information or enrollment in the WIC program, contact your local WIC office.
To locate your county's Office on Aging, visit www.state.nj.us/health/senior/sa_aaa.shtml.
To locate a community farmers market where FMNP vouchers can be redeeemed, visit www.state.nj.us/jerseyfresh/searches/urban.htm