USDA Nutrition Messages

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has replaced the Food Pyramid with a plate, MyPlate, that shows the types and quantities of food we should be eating to have a healthy diet. In its most simple terms, MyPlate gives the following advice:

Balancing Calories.

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce

  • Compare sodium on food labels, in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals and choose foods with the lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks
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Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

What is FMNP?

Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides checks to women, infants and children through the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) and to seniors in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for the purchase of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.

The fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased with checks at farmers' markets during the summer and fall. The program runs from June - November 15.

Who Benefits from FMNP?

FMNP checks enable WIC participants and CSFP seniors to obtain nutritious fresh produce in addition to the foods WIC and CSFP that provide. Approximately 300,000 WIC and CSFP households benefit annually. In 2011, there were 464 farmers' markets operating in New York State. This number represents nearly 1,000 participating farmers.

In addition to distributing fresh vegetables and fruits, the FMNP provides nutrition education in a variety of settings. This education is designed to assist FMNP recipients to enhance their overall health.

To find a WIC or CSFP local agency convenient for you, call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 1-800-522-5006.

Importance of Fruits and Vegetables

Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in calories and provide essential nutrients and dietary fiber. They may also play a role in preventing certain chronic diseases. The new dietary guidelines recommend two to six half-cups of fruits and vegetables a day, or the equivalent of four to 13 servings.

The focus of the National Fruit and Vegetable Program,"Fruits & Veggies – More Matters," is promoting improved public health through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. For more information on Fruits and Veggies – More Matters, visit its website at http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/

Equal Opportunity Notice

WIC, CSFP and FMNP are equal-opportunity providers.