SFMNP

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a federally-funded program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services Agency and in Ohio, by the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA).  ODA provides additional state funds to support SFMNP operation within Ohio. 

To be eligible for $50 to use with authorized farmers in the program, individuals must live in the ten counties included in the AAA7’s district which include Adams, Brown Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton.  Individuals must be age 60 or over at the time of application and households must earn less than 185% of the poverty level. In a household, both spouses can be eligible separately. Individuals can only receive the $50 one time per year and items must be purchased from authorized farmers only

NEW UPDATES FOR 2024

This year’s application process is different from previous years – those eligible for the program now have the option to use a mobile application or a physical card to obtain nutritious produce at farmers markets across the state. Traditionally, participants received their benefits in the form of printed coupons in units of $5. Through the new app-based model, participants can use their benefits in in any increment they choose, creating more flexibility and giving more power to older Ohioans.

Please note changes in the process for this year:

  • Online applications can be accessed here
  • Everyone who received coupons last year through the AAA7 will automatically be sent via postal mail a hard copy application.  To avoid delays, please complete the application online if possible.  If not, complete the hard copy application and mail back to the AAA7.
  • For anyone who has not participated in the past, completing an online application is advised; however, if you do not have access to the internet, you can request a hard copy application from the AAA7 – call the AAA7 Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program direct line at 1-800-343-8112 or email FarmersMarket@aaa7.org.
  • If you apply online, please note that only one email can be used per account.
  • To avoid delays, it is advised to complete the application online if possible.
  • Please Note: an application must be completed each year – there is no automatic renewal from participating in the past.
  • Items can only be purchased from authorized farmers in the program. Farmers will have a posting at their stand indicating so.

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INFORMATION FOR INTERESTED FARMERS

Farmers who are interested in participating in the program this year will be working directly with the Ohio Department of Aging through its partner, Ohio Farmers Market Network (OFMN).  If you are a farmer interested in learning more about participating, please contact the OFMN at senior@ohiofarmersmarketnetwork.org.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE AAA7 SENIOR FARMERS’ MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM

Direct Hotline: 1-800-343-8112

Email: FarmersMarket@aaa7.org

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