The SFMNP provides fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors. The program also seeks to increase the consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding, developing, or aiding in the development and expansion of domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs.
Individuals who are at least 60 years old and who have household incomes of not more than 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines are eligible. The SFMNP is not available in all South Carolina counties.
SFMNP benefits are distributed locally through a network of community organizations, usually Council on Aging offices that have agreed to serve as local agencies in the SFMNP.
Eligible recipients receive benefits that may be used to purchase fresh, nutritious, unprepared fruits and vegetables at authorized farmers markets and roadside stands.
Applicants must go to a Local Agency distribution site to apply and receive benefits. SFMNP benefits are distributed during the summer months on a first come first served basis until all benefits have been exhausted.
Contact the South Carolina Department of Social Services at the number below for a listing of Local Agencies and participating counties.
South Carolina Department of Social Services, Food Distribution Programs, (803) 898-0973