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Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

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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.

WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines
(Effective from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013)

48 Contiguous States, D.C., Guam and Territories

Family Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice-Monthly

Bi-Weekly

Weekly

1

$20,665

$1,723

$862

     $  795

$ 398

2

27,991

2,333

1,167

1,077

539

3

35,317

2,944

1,472

1,359

680

4

42,643

3,554

1,777

1,641

821

5

49,969

4,165

2,083

1,922

961

6

57,295

4,775

2,388

2,204

1,102

7

64,621

5,386

2,693

2,486

1,243

8

71,947

5,996

2,998

2,768

1,384

Each Add'l Member Add

  +$7,326

    +$611

+$306

    +$282

+$141

Offices on Aging

County Cities
  • Atlantic 609-645-7700 ext 4708
  • Bergen 201-336-7411
  • Burlington 609-265-5379
  • Camden 865-858-2641
  • Cape May 609-886-2784/2785
  • Cumberland 856-453-2221
  • Essex 973-395-8375
  • Gloucester 856-384-6900
  • Hudson 201-271-4320
  • Hunterdon 908-788-1361 or 1362
  • Mercer 609-989-6650 or 6652
  • 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
  • Union 908-527-4877
  • arren 908-475-6591
  • Jersey City 201-547-5838
  • Paterson 973-653-5932

 


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