The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a federally funded program tat provides low-income seniors with SFMNP check booklets that can be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, honey, and herbs at participating certified farmers markets.
In California, the Senior FMNP begins in May and runs through the end of November when check booklets will be distributed and accepted by participating farmers at certified farmers markets.
The Visalia Farmers’ Market Association is proud to participate in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program as an authorized certified farmers’ market to accept SFMNP check booklets.
HOW IT WORKS:
The Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging administers the program in Tulare County by distributing the Senior FMNP check booklets directly to qualified seniors at all of our markets.
Check distribution occurs at market during May or June each year.
Check distribution is solely determined by the Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging.
On the day check booklets are distributed, the Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging has a booth at market on the day that the SFMNP check booklets are distributed and qualifying seniors need only show a valid driver’s license and answer a couple of questions about their income to receive one. Only one booklet is distributed per qualifying customer.
We at the Visalia Farmers Market Association strive to maintain communication with the Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging. As soon as we are notified of the date that SFMNP check booklets will be distributed at our markets, we do our best to inform the public and all interested seniors by placing advertisements in the newspaper, signs at our markets, email notices to those on our listserve, and post information on our website as far in advance as possible to the SFMNP check booklet distribution as possible.
Seniors who receive the SFMNP check booklet have until the last day in November to redeem all of the $2 checks with any of our authorized farmers that display this sign:
We encourage interested seniors to call the Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging to inquire about the SFMNP and other invaluable programs and services such as cooking demonstrations and community meals at: