Free Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Coupon Books Available

SPARKS, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) encourages low-income seniors to sign up for free Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) coupon books. SFMNP’s goal is to supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce while supporting Nevada’s farmers.

The coupons can be exchanged for fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey at farmers’ markets in Reno, Sparks, and Carson City. SFMNP’s coupon books are free, but are on a first come, first serve basis, and limit one per person. Eligible seniors can use the coupons from June 1st – September 30th.

“What’s great about this program is that not only are seniors getting access to fresh fruits and vegetables, but farmers can submit those coupons back to us and get fully reimbursed,” said Bernadette DeMars, NDA Program Specialist.

Each eligible senior will get $30 in coupons redeemable at local Farmer’s Markets. To qualify, seniors must meet income criteria established by the Federal government. Eligible seniors must be a Nevada resident, 60 years or older, and must not make more than $21,590 annually or $1,800 monthly for a single family household. For a two person household, they must not make over $29,101 annually or $2,426 monthly.

Eligible seniors can apply now through the following agencies:

City of Reno - (775) 334-2262

City of Sparks – (775) 353-7898

Washoe County Senior Services – (775) 328-2575

RSVP Carson City – (775) 687-4680

Douglas County – (775) 782-9825

For outlying areas please contact NDA’s Food & Nutrition Division – (775) 353-3758.

 

For a list of farmers’ market locations, click here http://1.usa.gov/1JEeAoe

For more about SFMNP, click here http://1.usa.gov/1dAa6TN