June 21, 2011
The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a 100 percent federally funded program which provides low-income seniors with check booklets that can be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs at Certified Farmers’ Markets (CFM). The program is administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services Agency, and in California, by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).
CDFA has partnered with California Department of Public Health’s Women, Infants and Children’s Program (WIC) in certifying farmers and CFMs to accept SFMNP check booklets. CDFA partners with California’s 33 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to distribute the SFMNP check booklets which include 10 checks redeemable for $2 each. The AAAs serve this purpose well because they administer several senior programs on a local level either directly or through their affiliation with senior organizations and centers. At the check distribution points, seniors that meet the age and low income eligibility requirements are advised of their rights and responsibilities under the program’s rules and receive one $20 check booklet.
The Woodland Senior Center is a distribution point for the booklets. Eligible participants must come in person to the Senior Center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants are allowed to designate a proxy to act as their authorized representative to receive an SFMNP check booklet. To receive a check booklet, seniors must verify proof of eligibility for the program:
• Are at least 60 years of age
• Annual income does not exceed more than 185% of poverty level (guidelines are on hand.)
• Has not already received a 2011 SFMNP Check booklet.
For additional information, contact the Woodland Senior Center at (530) 661-2001.