Food Navigator Program

img_1830Through a partnership with the Michigan Fitness Foundation, the Michigan Farmers Market Association is developing an innovative program that places Food Navigators in farmers markets located in communities using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.  Navigators who live in, or close to, the communities welcome families using SNAP benefits to the farmers market. They walk them through the process of using their food assistance benefits at the market, distribute Michigan Harvest of the Month materials, and help build relationships between shoppers and farmers. Navigators also organize and promote experiential nutrition education. This programming could include using Michigan Harvest of the Month materials, cooking demonstrations, food tastings, storage and preservation demonstrations, and/or activities for children.

For more information about the Food Navigator program, SNAP-Ed, and building SNAP-Ed partnerships at farmers markets, visit the Food Navigator section of our Webinars page. 

Resources for Farmers Markets

Are you interested in having a Food Navigator at your market?

Farmers markets are eligible to participate in the Food Navigator program if:

  • They are located in a SNAP-Ed eligible census tract
  • They accept SNAP benefits at their market
  • SNAP-Ed programming is taking place in, or near, the community

Map 2 Healthy Living

Use this map to find out if your market is located in a SNAP-Ed eligible census tract!

State SNAP-Ed Contacts

Find your contact for SNAP-Ed programming in your state.

Michigan Harvest of the Month Recipe Videos

They learn from watching you… eat more fruits and veggies and they will too!

Check out this video created to showcase a Michigan Harvest of the Month recipe, one of the materials used by Food Navigators.

To see more Michigan Harvest of the Month recipe videos, visit our Youtube channel.

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