FNS Makes Fresh Fruits and Vegetables More Accessible to Low Income Seniors and Families

From “At the Table” (USDA Food & Nutrition Service, Mid-Atlantic Region at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/Contacts/FieldOffices/Pennsylvania.htm), Fall 2009:


Through participation in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, low-income individuals have greater access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Not only do these programs benefit eligible participants, farmers gain from the added customer base, and the economy receives a boost.


Events were held to promote these programs this summer in farmers’ markets within states in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Region staff participate in a number of these events. For example, Yvette Jackson, Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, joined Douglas Fisher, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture, in welcoming an eager crowd July 9, at the opening of the New Brunswick Community Farmers’ Market in New Jersey. While at the Rutgers Cook College campus, they spoke about the nutrition benefits of the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and commended Johnson & Johnson and the Food Policy Institute for spearheading the start of the market.


About the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program:

Provides eligible, low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers’ markets and roadside stands. For more information: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/FMNP/.


About the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program:

Provides fresh produce to eligible, low-income women, infants over 4-months and children who have been certified to receive WIC benefits or are on a waiting list for WIC. For more information: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/FMNP/.


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