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Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

 

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is available to eligible older persons in Wise County and Norton City.  The application process begins in May each year and the program officially begins on July 1.  This program is designed to improve nutrition of senior citizens while also helping local farmers to sell their locally grown fruits, vegetables and freshly cut herbs.  In July, check books worth $40 are distributed on a first come, first serve basis and can be used at area farmers markets from July 1st through the end of November (or when the markets close).  The check books consist of eight $5 checks that seniors can spend like cash to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs from farmers, at local farmers markets,  who have been pre-approved by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  Each eligible person within a household receives one book of checks.

To qualify, a person must be sixty (60) years of age or older, live in Wise County or Norton City and have an adjusted gross income of at or below 150% of the federal poverty level (1 person, $1,485; 2 persons, $2,003).  All incomes of persons in the household must be counted.  All participants are encouraged to completely spend all of the checks.

The following markets have vendors accepting SFMNP checks:

Norton -- Located in the all-indoor facility behind the Shamrock on 8th and Park Avenue downtown Norton each Tuesday from 4 - 6 PM.  This market also accepts EBT cards.

Wise --  Located at Big Glades Community Square and Amphitheater each Thursday from 4 - 6:30 PM.  Big Glades Community Square is located across from Payless in Wise.

Big Stone Gap --  Located downtown Big Stone Gap on Shawnee Avenue across from the fire station each Saturday from 8 AM - 12 Noon.  This market also accepts EBT cards.

Saint Paul -- Located at Market Square on 4th Street between Russell and Broad each Saturday from 8 AM - 1 PM and Wednesdays from 2 - 5 PM.  This market also accepts EBT cards.

If you missed the opportunity to sign up this year, you may have an opportunity to participate next year.  For any questions about the SFMNP, or to set up transportation to the local markets, please feel free to contact Marsha Craiger at mcraiger@meoc.org.

This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered by the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services (VDARS).  This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

      

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