Senior Farmers Market

Background:

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a seasonal USDA grant program that provides participants with access to fresh, nutritious, unprocessed fruits and vegetables from local farmers’ markets and is designed to increase awareness and use of community markets.  

South Carolina’s SFMNP began in 2001 as a six-county pilot project.  SFMNP has since evolved, currently providing benefits to seniors in 43 counties.  The program provides qualifying individuals with checks/vouchers that may be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at local authorized farmers’ markets.  Seniors must apply for benefits each year.

SC DSS is the State Agency that administers the program in South Carolina.

 

Eligibility & Benefit

Benefits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.  To be eligible for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program you must be: 

  • Age: a person must be 60 years of age or older on the date of application; AND
  • Residence: a person who resides in one of the 43 participating counties (see list below); AND
  • Income Level: applicants may self-declare their total household income (before taxes). Total household income cannot exceed 185% of the federal poverty income limits. 

Income Limit

Household* Size

$1,986.00 Monthly

1

$2,686.00 Monthly

2

$3,386.00 Monthly

3

$4,086.00 Monthly

4

$4,786.00 Monthly

5

$5,486.00 Monthly

6

*Household is defined as a group of related or non-related individuals living together as one economic unit. These amounts are at 185% of 2021-2022 Federal Poverty Guidelines

 

Steps to Receive Benefits:

Step 1: Potential recipients must submit an online application BETWEEN MAY 1st and JUNE 1st, in its entirety, to be eligible.  Upon submission of the online application, potential recipients will receive a confirmation number (please retain this confirmation number for your records).  

 

The online application portal extension for Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program will reopen June 28th and will close on July 2nd. Seniors who already submitted an application this year do not have to re-apply.  This is only for new applicants.  If you applied for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program in May 2021 please do not submit a duplicate application.

 

Step 2: Wait on eligibility determination, via email. 
Eligibility determination can consist of application approved, application referred to waiting list, or application denial.  Instructions to pick up the SFMNP checks will also be included in the eligibility determination email. 

ATTENTION: We expect the Senior Farmers Market vouchers to be delivered to local distribution sites soon and appreciate your continued patience.  Please check back for updates on when vouchers will be available for pick-up.

Step 3: Follow instructions included in eligibility email to pick up SFMNP benefit(s). 
Proof of identity (valid Driver’s License or State Issued Identification Card) must be shown in order to pick up SFMNP checks. 

Seniors who have been confirmed to receive SFMNP vouchers may select an authorized representative to pick up their vouchers for them.  The authorized representative must present their ID, applicant’s ID, and confirmation number.

 

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.

 

 

Participating Counties:

Abbeville, Aiken, Allendale, Anderson, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun, Charleston, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Greenwood, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union, Williamsburg, York.

 

 

SFMNP Contact:

Willie Nixon, SFMNP Program Coordinator (803) 898–1760

SFMNP-Applications@dss.sc.gov

 

Voucher Resources:

Authorized Locations

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