Background: The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a seasonal USDA grant program to provide participants with fresh, nutritious, unprocessed fruits and vegetables from local farmers’ markets and to increase awareness and use of community markets. The program began as “Pilot” in May 2001 in 6 counties of the state and has since evolved, currently providing benefits to seniors in 41 counties. The program provides low-income seniors age 60 and older in selected areas with SFMNP checks that may be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers’ markets authorized to accept the checks. The Program runs from May 1st through October 15th each year. The SCDSS is the State Agency that administers the program in South Carolina.
Eligibility & Benefit: Persons age 60 and older who are residents of the participating counties are eligible to apply in-person at a distributing agency. Potential participants complete an application, provide proof of identity and residence in the county, and self-declare their household income. If they are income eligible, participants 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 produce.
Steps to Receive Benefits:
Step 1: Inquire of the county’s distribution location (DSS, senior center, television, radio, flyer, newspaper, etc.)
Step 2: Bring proof of identity and residence in the participating county to the distribution location.
Step 3: Complete the application
Step 4: Self-declare amount of household income. (185% of Federal Poverty Income Limits)
Step 5: Receive SFMNP Checks $25.00 (1X per year benefit)
Step 6: Purchase fresh fruits & vegetables from authorized farmers
****The checks are issued on a first-come, first-served basis until all are issued.****
Participating Counties: Abbeville, Aiken, Allendale, Anderson, Beaufort, Berkeley, 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, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union, Williamsburg, York.
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Seandra Kelly, SFMNP Program Coordinator, (803) 898 – 1760