Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
Senior Commodity Supplemental Food Program
- The purpose of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is to provide unprepared, locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs for the nutritional health of New Jersey’s senior citizens, and to expand the awareness and use of the local farmers’ markets.
- To be eligible to receive SFMNP benefits, a senior citizen must be at least sixty years old, and be at or below the Federal Income guidelines (see chart below). The program is administered through the County Offices on Aging, City of Paterson, and Jersey City. Each County or City agency screens senior citizens for eligibility and determines the number of seniors that would receive SFMNP benefits each year based on available funding.
- Each eligible senior participant receives a total of $20.00 for the season to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs from authorized farmers. Grocery stores and other food markets cannot accept SFMNP checks. The checks are issued one time for the entire season, from June 1 to September 30, and the Program operates from June 1, to November 30, each year. For additional information regarding the SFMNP, please contact your local County Office on Aging or the city where SFMNP is administered.
Farmers interested in becoming authorized farmer vendors in the program should contact the State WIC Office at (609) 292-9560.
The New Jersey
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Please contact the Community FoodBank (908-355-3663) of New Jersey for additional information.
- What is the CSFP? The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) in New Jersey works to improve the health of low-income seniors at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodity foods.
- Seniors who wish to participate in the program must reside in New Jersey, must provide proof of identity, proof of age, proof of residency, and proof of income. The income limit for elderly is at or below 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
- CSFP food packages do not provide a complete diet, but rather are good sources of nutrients typically lacking in the diets of the target population.
- Food packages include a variety of foods: cheese; milk; fruit juice; farina or cold dry cereal or rolled oats; rice or pasta or grits or dehydrated potato flakes; peanut butter or dry beans or dry peas; canned meat or poultry or fish; and canned fruits, and canned vegetables.
- Food packages are pre-packed and distributed to eligible seniors monthly. The contents of the food package may change monthly depending upon what is available from USDA.
SFMNP INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
(Effective from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017)
48 Contiguous States, D.C., Guam and Territories
Offices on Aging
- Atlantic 609-645-7700 ext 4708
- Bergen 201-336-7411
- Burlington 609-265-5379
- Camden Food Bank of South Jersey (856) 662-4884 Ext. 125
- Cape May 609-886-2784/2785
- Cumberland 856-453-2221
- Essex 973-395-8375
- Gloucester 856-384-6900
- Hudson County 201-369-4313
- Hunterdon 908-788-1361 or 1362
- Mercer County 609-989-6650
- Middlesex 732 745-3293 or 3295
- Monmouth 732-431-7450
- Morris 973-285-6857
- Ocean 732-367-1400 ext 25
- Passaic 973-686-7752
- Salem 856-339-8622
- Somerset 908-704-6346
- Sussex 973-579-0555 Ext.8447
- Union 908-558-2294
- Warren 908-475-6591
- Jersey City 201-547-5838
- Paterson 973-653-5932