The Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is a United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service program that provides seniors and WIC clients with fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables with the goal of expanding the awareness, use of and sales at farmers markets. In Michigan, the WIC program is administered by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) and is called Project FRESH and the senior program is administered by the Office of Services to the Aging and is called Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH. Eligible seniors and WIC clients receive coupons worth $2.00 each that they can spend with any vendor and/or farmers market that has a contract to accept the coupons for fresh, Michigan grown produce.
To accept WIC Project FRESH at your farmers market, contact Brittany Hiner before May 1st of each year at (517) 335-8625. Additional Information is available here.
To accept Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH at your farmers market, contact Sherri King at (517) 373-4064. Additional information is available here.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program, is the nation’s largest nutritional assistance program.Â The program is managed at the federal level by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and requires that food vendors be licensed with FNS before accepting SNAP benefits for approved food items.Â In Michigan, the program is managed by the Department of Human Services and is referred to as the Food Assistance Program.
SNAP benefits can be used to purchase any approved food or food product for human use or seeds and plants for use in a home garden to produce food for personal use. Clients receive their benefits via an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) system that works like a debit card to transfer their benefits to the food retailer. In Michigan, the EBT card has a picture of the Mackinac Bridge and is called the Bridge Card.
Across the country, 1 in 8 people receive SNAP benefits, totaling over 40 million people as of May, 2010. Of that 40 million, 1.9 million were Michigan residents whose benefits totaled $2.8 billion annually. In 2010, $705,969 worth of SNAP benefits were redeemed at farmers markets in Michigan.
The Michigan Farmers Markets Food Assistance Partnership has compiled a five part Resource Binder entitled Accepting Bridge Cards at Michigan Farmers Markets to help farmers market managers learn everything they need to know about accepting SNAP benefits including information on (1) completing the USDA FNS , (2) obtaining a point of sale device, (3) alternative redemption systems, (4) record keeping and (5) promotion and outreach.
More information about the work surrounding Bridge Card redemption at farmers markets in Michigan can be found in the report Bridging the Gap Between Local Food and Michigan Families,Results of the 2010 Market Manager Survey. Don’t have time to read the full report? Check out this one page comparison of Key Statistics from 2009 to 2010.
Read more about SNAP.
Read more about the Food Assistance Program.
For more information about becoming approved to accept Bridge Cards at your Farmers Markets.
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