About the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
The SFMNP provides fresh fruits and vegetables to senior citizens of the District of Columbia who are eligible for and participate in the CSFP. The program expands the awareness and use of farmers' markets, and also supports and promotes the daily consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The District of Columbia's SFMNP is called ‘Get Fresh” and began in June 2001. The program now operates from May 1 through November 30th. The SFMNP is part of the Grocery Plus Program in the District of Columbia. The Grocery Plus program includes two national nutrition programs, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.
Participation Eligibility for the SFMNP
Seniors (60 years and older) who receive CSFP benefits are eligible to participate in the SFMNP.
Participation Benefit in the SFMNP
Under the SFMNP, recipients receive six checks valued at $5 each, for a total value of $30. These checks are used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Checks are issued to seniors between May 1st and September 30th. These checks can be used between May 1 and November 30th.
How SFMNP works
Seniors may receive their SFMNP checks when they come to pick-up their monthly CSFP food package. Checks are issued from May 1st through September 30th. They may be redeemed through November 30th. The CSFP certifier explains how to use the checks, when and where they can be used, and the foods that can be purchased. The participant takes the checks to an authorized farmer and redeems them for the approved fresh fruits and vegetables. No change is given when the participant purchases less than $5 worth of produce. If the purchase is over $5, the CSFP participant must pay the difference in cash or SNAP benefits (food stamps).
For more information please contact Information, Referral and Assistance at (202) 724-5626.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
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