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Mississippi Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Sponsors and Certification

PROGRAM SPONSORS / WIC FMNP SPONSORS

A key element of the FMNP effort is the cooperative partnership between each state's department of health and, in many cases, its department of agriculture. The Mississippi Department of Agriculture & Commerce (MDAC) and the Mississippi Department of Health’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program cooperate to make the FMNP a success.

For the purposes of the WIC FMNP, the WIC Program performs the following:

  • Consult with MDAC on the targeted counties in which FMNP could be offered
  • Consult with MDAC on the preparation of the FMNP application
  • Schedule joint training with MDAC for MSDH and local staff who will participate in the delivery of the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
  • Certify the eligibility of targeted WIC clients for the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
  • Provide WIC clients receiving FMNP benefits with annual surveys about their consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Make FMNP-related materials available to targeted WIC clients.
  • Receive and forward complaints regarding FMNP to MDAC
  • At the conclusion of WIC nutrition education classes, provide instruction on the use of FMNP checks
  • Record the delivery of FMNP checks to participating WIC clients, and mail these logs weekly to MDAC
  • Notify MDAC of any checks reported lost, stolen, or voided, and return voided/unusable checks to MDAC

For more information regarding the WIC Program contact 601.576.7100.

SENIOR FMNP SPONSORS

The Mississippi Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (MFMNP) is a partnership of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC), the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MSDH) Aging and Adult Services Division, along with regional Area Agencies on Aging.    

North Central Mississippi Area Agency on Aging Director, Darlena Allen, and Southern Mississippi Area Agency on Aging Director, Barry Dixon, are directing the certifying and issuing activities related to the Senior FMNP. 

Activities performed by the Area Agencies on Aging include:

  • Issue and distribute sets of checks to eligible seniors enrolled in home feeding delivery programs, congregate meal site participants, Medicaid waiver program participants, Commodity Supplemental Food program participants, and others eligible to receive based on availability. 
  • Make SFMNP-related materials available to targeted senior clients.
  • Receive and forward complaints regarding the SFMNP to MDAC
  • At the conclusion of nutrition education classes, interaction and provide instruction on the use of SFMNP checks
  • Record the delivery of SFMNP checks to participating senior recipients, and mail these logs weekly to MDAC
  • Notify MDAC of any checks reported lost, stolen, or voided, and return voided/unusable checks to MDAC
  • Provide eligible elderly clients receiving SFMNP benefits with annual surveys about their consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables

For more information regarding the Area Agencies on Aging:

Darlena Allen
North Central Area Agency on Aging
662.283.2765

Rhonda Mullins
South Mississippi Area Agency on Aging
228.868.2311

Brenda Knott
Central Mississippi Area Agency on Aging
601.981.1511

Yolanda Campbell
Southwest Mississippi Area Agency on Aging
601.446.6044

Bobby Gann
Golden Triangle Area Agency on Aging
662.323.2636

The Mississippi FMNP is further strengthened by joint efforts of the Cooperative Extension Service of Mississippi State University and the Cooperative Extension Program of Alcorn State University. These agencies assist with nutrition education and providing technical assistance to small farmers and participating farmers’ markets. 

These agencies also assist in sharing information about the program to Mississippi producers, WIC participants, community leaders, and other local organizations.

CONTACT
Purvie Green, Program Coordinator

P.O. Box 1609 / Jackson, MS 39201
Telephone: 601.359.1100