WIC FARMERS' MARKET
The following information is
excerpted from the "WIC Farmers' Market
Nutrition Program" at the U.S. Department of
Agriculture website, http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/FMNP/FMNPfaqs.htm.
WHAT IS THE WIC FARMERS'
MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM?
The WIC Farmers' Market
Nutrition Program (FMNP) is federally funded and
linked directly to WIC, the Special Supplemental
Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and
Children. (WIC is administered by the
Connecticut State Department of Public Health
and provides free supplemental foods, health
care referrals and nutrition education to
low-income women, infants and children.) The WIC
FMNP is administered by the Connecticut
Department of Agriculture and has two basic
- to make locally grown fresh
fruits and vegetables available to women,
infants and children who are nutritionally at
- to expand the awareness of
farmers' markets and support of local farmers.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Women, infants, and children who
are certified to receive WIC program benefits,
or who are on a waiting list for WIC
certification, are eligible to participate in
the WIC FMNP.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM OPERATE?
WIC FMNP coupons are issued to
eligible families from June to September by
their local WIC agency. FMNP coupons can only be
used at authorized farmers' markets and only for
fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs from
state certified farmers' market vendors.
Nutrition education is provided to FMNP
recipients by the local WIC agency to encourage
them to improve and expand their diets by adding
fresh fruits and vegetables and to advise them
in preparing the foods that are bought with
their FMNP coupons.
HOW TO APPLY:
Coupons are issued to WIC
participants. For further information contact
your local WIC office.
SOURCES: U.S. Department of Agriculture:
"WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program"
PREPARED BY: 211/rj
CONTENT LAST MODIFIED: June2012