2022 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program: Application period now closed

If you have not yet applied to participate in the 2022 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), you’re in luck! We are still accepting applications.

New applicants now have the ability to choose how they participate: 

  • $50-worth of SFMNP coupons, OR
  • A one-time produce box pickup valued at $50.

Both coupons and produce boxes will be available to new applicants while supplies last.

LifeCare Alliance administers the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) on behalf of the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA).
The SFMNP is available to persons aged 60+ with an annual household income that is 185% of the poverty level or less
This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with additional support from the Franklin County Office on Aging and Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging.

 

Annual program dates: June 1 through October 31.

2022 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Applications

Applications are available online:

    • Submit your SFMNP application directly to LifeCare Alliance using this form.

Applications are also available as follows:

  • Hard copy applications are available and are accepted at LifeCare Alliance’s Carrie’s Café (670 Harmon Ave., Columbus, OH  43223) Monday-Friday from 11:00 to 1:00.
  • The 2022 application is also downloadable by clicking the purple button below.
  • Once downloaded and filled out, the application can be dropped off at Carrie’s Cafe or dropped in the mail to LifeCare Alliance, Attention: SFMNP, 670 Harmon Ave., Columbus, OH  43223.

Before you apply to the 2022 program:

Before you apply to the 2022 program, please consider in what way you would like to receive your $50 benefit.

 Coupons

  • $50-worth of coupons can be sent at community farmer markets and roadside stands. Coupons are spent in $5 increments to purchase locally grown fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs, and honey.
  • Coupons will be mailed to eligible applicants, while supplies last.

Produce Box

    • One-time boxes of produce valued at $50 will contain in-season, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and honey. Items may include onions, corn, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, peaches, and honey.
    • Once submissions are received, applicants will be provided with their designated produce box pickup date and time. Boxes will be picked up at LifeCare Alliance, 670 Harmon Ave., Columbus, OH

Eligibility for the 2022 SFMNP Program

You are eligible for this program if you are 60 years of age or older AND have an annual household income that is 185% of the poverty level or less:

  • 1 person in household: $0 – $ 25,142
  • 2 persons in household: $0 – $33,874
  • 3 persons in household: $0 – $42,606
  • 4 persons in household: $0 – $51,338

You must also reside within one of the participating central Ohio counties:

  • Franklin
  • Fairfield
  • Fayette
  • Licking
  • Madison
  • Pickaway
  • Union
Central Ohio Map

If you do not live in one of the above counties but meet the age and income requirements, please contact the Ohio Department on Aging to see if the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program operates in your area: https://aging.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/aging/care-and-living/health-and-safety/Health-and-safety-resources/senior-farmer-market 

How to use your coupons

  • Keep an eye on the expiration dates of your coupons. $25 expire on August 31 and $25 expire on October 31.
  • In your coupon bag, you will receive a list of community markets and roadside stands. Review the list for months, days of the week, and timeframes that area farmers markets are open.
  • Look for the SFMNP posters at individual farmers stands when visiting community farmers markets and roadside stands. These posters indicate that a farmer accepts the coupons.
  • Redeem your coupons only for locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs, and honey. Baked goods, jams, maple syrup, etc. are not eligible for purchase.
  • Select produce equal to the amount of the coupon. No change will be given.

 

Interested farmers and farmers markets

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging and LifeCare Alliance contract with individual farmers to sell fresh produce, herbs, and honey to eligible customers.

Please call 614-437-2865 for more information.

Once farmers are determined to be eligible to accept SFMNP coupons, LifeCare Alliance will send you SFMNP and Civil Rights posters to display, as well as an invoice for submitting redeemed coupons for payment.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
614-437-2865
(This is a voicemail-only number. Calls will be returned within 48 hours.)

LifeCare Alliance
614-278-3130

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
800-529-7727

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Read the full USDA Nondiscrimination Statement.

See the following link for information on how to file a complaint: USDA Complaint Form

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