As a low-income senior, you may be eligible to receive $35 per summer to buy fresh, locally grown produce from approved farmers who are selling at Authorized Farmers' Markets.
To find out if you are eligible to receive benefits through the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), contact your local Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) agency. In Minnesota, CSFP is called the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS).
The following agencies are currently participating in the distribution of SFMNP benefits:
- Bemidji Community Food Shelf: 218-444-6580
- Channel One Regional Food Bank: 507-287-2350 or 1-877-500-8699
- North Country Food Bank: 218-281-7356
- Second Harvest Heartland: 651-484-8241 or 1-800-365-0270
Where Can I Spend My Checks?
You can only use your checks at Authorized Farmers' Markets, not at grocery stores. Your local CSFP agency can help you find a farmers' market near you.
What Can I Buy?
With your SFMNP check, you can buy fresh, locally grown, fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Minnesota farmers grow a large variety of fresh produce that they sell at local farmers' markets.
NOTE: You will not receive change from your SFMNP checks, so be sure to make the most of each purchase you make. Both farmers and market managers are happy to help you learn about new fruits and vegetables that you might want to try.
What If I Can’t Get to the Farmers Market?
If you know you will be physically unable to visit the farmers' market, you can designate a proxy to shop at the farmers' market on your behalf.
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Find out more about How to Use your FMNP Checks (in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong).