About the Program

Farmers Market Vouchers: 2020 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program applications are now closed

These applications are now closed. Please fill out the application and mail your completed form to the appropriate address on the bottom of the second page.  There are only so many voucher sets available and all applications will be gathered in order received.

Important COVID-19 Information:  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic this program will not distribute vouchers sets on the usual start date of June 1st due to senior nutrition programs operating in emergency mode and getting meals to seniors is the top priority right now.  You may send in your application but be aware the vouchers will not be mailed out until July 1st at the earliest.

Program Overview:

The goal of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is to provide seniors in
Mason and Thurston Counties the opportunity to purchase fresh, nutritious, unprepared,
unprocessed, locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and fresh-cut herbs from
authorized farmers markets and roadside stands. Participants will also receive nutrition
educational materials including recipes, nutrient values, food preparation and storage
information.

Another benefit of this program is that by increasing the consumption of local
agricultural commodities it helps aid in the development of new farmers markets and
roadside stands along with community-supported agriculture programs.

Qualifications: 
To be eligible for the SFMNP, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • You must be 60 years old or older (or 55+ if you are Native American/Alaska
    Native
  • Your income must be below 185% of Federal Poverty Level. That means:
    • $23,606 Annual or $1,967 Monthly Income for 1 person
    • $31,894 Annual or $2,658 Monthly Income for 2 people
    • For larger households, add $691 for each additional person
  • You must be a resident of Washington State

Market Season:
This year’s application will be available on April 15, 2020.  SFMNP checks will be
distributed on a first come first serve basis.  Once an application has been received and
screened for eligibility, the applicant will be mailed $40 in SFMNP checks to be used at
participating farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Washington
State.  SFMNP checks are valid during harvest season, which is June 1 thru
October 31, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the mailing of vouchers will be
delayed until July 1st at the earliest due to senior nutrition programs operating in
emergency mode at this time.

Where to Shop:
A list of local participating farmers markets and roadside stands will be provided to each
recipient of SFMNP checks. All participating farmers markets and roadside stands will
have a sign posted that they accept SFMNP checks. Caregivers or family members may
purchase produce with the SFMNP checks on behalf of an eligible participant when a
PROXY form is filled out by the senior designating someone else to make purchases for
them.  A complete list of all participating farmers markets and roadside stands
throughout Washington State is available upon request.

No cash change will be issued for purchases that are in an amount less than the value
of the check(s), and no State or local taxes will be collected on purchases of food with
checks. SFMNP checks have a cash value of $4 each and come in books of $40 (10
checks each).

Links:  Other languages available upon request.