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Programs

Mississippi Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Purvie Green, Program Coordinator

P.O. Box 1609 / Jackson, MS 39215
Telephone: 601.359.1100 / Fax: 601.354.6290


The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce along with other state partners coordinates two (2) programs that bridge together farmers with consumers and low-income residents, the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP) and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).



 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW OF THE WIC FMNP

The WIC FMNP is a unique program designed to provide nutrition benefits to WIC clients and promote the purchase of Mississippi grown fruits and vegetables from farmers at local farmers’ markets throughout Mississippi.

Specially printed checks are provided on a one-time basis to participants enrolled in WIC in communities with farmers’ markets. Checks issued by designated staff members at local Women, Infants and Children’s (WIC) Program agency sites are redeemed by participants for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers participating in the program. WIC program recipients certified by the designated staff will receive a one-time benefit of $15 (3 checks valued at $5 each).

Farmers’ markets are selected for the program based on specific criteria agreed upon between the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce and the Mississippi State Department of Health’s WIC Program. These criteria include proximity to WIC nutrition sites, WIC target nutrition areas, and areas of farm produce availability. As these sites are chosen, MDAC will train and certify farmers’ market managers and participating farmers.

The FMNP begins in June or July with the distribution of checks to eligible recipients. The checks will be valid for use at all authorized farmers’ markets until October. The program will end in October. Since no change is given to program recipients, if a check is less than the printed denomination value, farmers are encouraged to make up the difference with additional produce items.

Currently, the program takes place in Bolivar, Clay, Hinds, Holmes, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Noxubee, Pike and Tate counties.

OVERVIEW OF THE SENIOR FMNP

The Senior FMNP is a unique program designed to provide more access to good nutrition for low-income senior citizens above the age of 60 in certain areas of Mississippi and to promote the purchase of Mississippi grown fruits and vegetables from farmers at local farmers’ markets throughout Mississippi.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program begins in June or July with the distribution of checks to eligible recipients. The checks will be valid for use at all authorized farmers’ markets until October and November or whenever the farmers market in certain areas close. Since no change is given to program recipients, if a check is less than the printed denomination value, farmers are encouraged to make up the difference with additional produce items.

Vouchers or checks are issued by designated Area Agency on Aging staff members at: local congregate feeding sites, through case manager visits, to Medicaid waiver recipients. The Senior FMNP checks are redeemed by participants for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables and honey from farmers at participating farmers markets. Eligible recipients that have met certain income guidelines and are certified by the designated staff receive a one-time benefit of $25 (5 checks valued at $5 each).

The senior program has been made possible by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and will affect over 4,000 seniors in Adams, Carroll, Desoto, Forrest, Holmes, Harrison County and other areas throughout Central Mississippi, East Central Mississippi, North Mississippi, Southwest Mississippi, South Mississippi, the Gulf Coast, the Golden Triangle and other counties in the Mississippi Delta region.