Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

What is FMNP?

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

Fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased with checks at farmers' markets during the summer and fall. The program runs from June - November 30.

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 provide. Approximately 300,000 WIC and CSFP households benefit annually. In 2016, there were 600 farmers' markets operating in New York State and nearly 1,000 farmers participating in the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.

In addition to distributing fresh vegetables and fruits, the FMNP provides nutrition education in a variety of settings.

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

A list of NYS farmers' markets by region can be found here.

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 Dietary Guidelines recommend filling half your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables at each meal.

The focus of the national fruit and vegetable program, "Fruits & Veggies – More Matters," is to promote improved health through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. For more information visit http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/.

Equal Opportunity Notice

WIC, CSFP and FMNP are equal opportunity providers.