A very popular produce program benefitting lower income older adults is back this spring! The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) funded by the State, will provide lower income seniors with an electronic benefits card that will be used to purchase $80 in fresh fruits, vegetables, honey, and fresh-cut herbs at approved farmers markets and farm stores throughout Washington State. WCOA’s Meals on Wheels and More program is responsible for distributing the SFMNP benefits cards to eligible seniors throughout Whatcom and San Juan Counties.

 

To be eligible to receive a SFMNP Electronic Benefits Card, you must meet all of the following:

  • Be 60 years old or older (55+ if Native American or Alaska Native)
  • Be a resident of Washington State
  • Have an income below:
    • $27,860 Annual / $2,322 Monthly for 1 person, or
    • $37,814 Annual / $3,151 Monthly for 2 people
    • For larger households, add $829 for each additional person per month

 

2024 SFMNP Affidavits/Applications will be available at your local senior center by April 1, 2024, or click below to print the application to submit to your senior center.

Application in English

Application in Spanish

Application in Ukrainian

Application in Russian

 

Benefits cards will be mailed to eligible seniors from our Bellingham office starting at the end of May and will be redeemable between June 1st and October 31st. If you receive your benefit card in the mail in May, you will not be able to access your benefits or balance until June 1st. Information about approved markets and farm stores will be available mid-May. We will provide updated information on our website as it becomes available.

 

There is a SFMNP Mobile App available for download to help you access your SFMNP benefit information, purchase history, and find local vendors. If you are interested in downloading this app, it is available on Apple/iOS and Android as “SFMNP app”.

 

Happy Spring!