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Farmers' Market Nutrition Program


why is it important to eat fruit and vegThe Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program SFMNP provides access to Indiana home-grown fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers. NWICA, in partnership with the Indiana State Health Department, will host the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program in Lake, Porter, Starke, Pulaski, Jasper, and Newton counties again this year. The program typically provides $20 in checks for individuals 60 years or older to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from participating local farmers markets and food stands. The last day to redeem the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks is typically in October.


The health benefits of consuming fresh produce, the social interaction provided at the market, and the financial savings makes this a highly desired program for both our clients and area farmers. NWICA's objective is to continue to promote domestic consumption of agricultural fruits and vegetables. This results in good health and longevity for the clients we serve.


SFMNP ELIGIBILITY:
• 60 years or older at the time of application OR a designated disabled person enrolled at select Area Agency on Aging Programs in Indiana.
• Proof of Indiana Residency (Driver’s License or State Identification)
• Proof of Household Income not more than 185% of the Annual Poverty Income Guidelines. 2017 Guidelines are as follows: 1 person household=$1,860/month; 2 person=$2,504/month; 3 person=$3,149/month. *No income verification is required if applicant shows documentation of current participation in TANF/Food Stamps at the time of application.