Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Available for WIC Participants
MFHS WIC Centers are now distributing 2014 farmer’s market vouchers to WIC participants. The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) helps families with nutritional needs buy fresh fruits and vegetables from Pennsylvania farmers. This helps ensure good health for mothers and children and helps support community farmers’ markets.
FMNP provides qualifying WIC participants with $20 in vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets between June 1 and November 30. Pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, and children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are eligible.
WIC Nutrition staff distributes the vouchers to WIC participants along with nutrition education emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and a list of participating farmers’ markets in the area.
The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Across the Commonwealth, over 1000 farmers benefit from the program.