Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program

What is the Program/Service

Once a year, the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) gives eligible, low-income older adults 20 dollars in coupons to buy locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers' markets in New York State. Booklets are available in July and may be used through November. They are given out on a first come, first serve basis. Only one coupon booklet is given out to an eligible household.

Farmers markets give out up-to-date information about healthy eating and have cooking demonstrations using local produce in the market. Adding more fruits, vegetables and whole grain to the meals we eat helps make us healthier. At the same time, this program helps support farming which is a major part of the state's economy. 

How Do I Apply?

 Apply in person or call our office.


Is There a Cost?

There is no cost for the coupon booklet.

Who is Eligible?

Apply in person or call our office.

For the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) eligibility is determined by two factors, age and income. Eligible recipients must be age 60 or older. Someone who is age-eligible must then meet the income eligibility requirement.

Issuance of SFMNP checks should be targeted to older adult households (one or more individuals 60+) who are, or affirm that they are, low-income based on one of the following criteria (A or B):
A: Gross monthly income at or below 185% of Federal Poverty Guidelines:

  • $1,832/month for a one-person household;
  • $2,470/month for a two-person household; or
  • $3,108/month for a three-person household.

Income levels increase by $642 /month based on the number of persons in the applicant's household.
B: Currently receiving or eligible to receive one of the following benefits:

 Supplemental Security Income (SSI), public assistance, or Section 8 housing subsidy.