What You’ve Been Waiting For: 2024 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Details Are Here

Ohio is modernizing the SFMNP!

Just like in the past, eligible participants will still be receiving $50 in SFMNP funds to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as honey at community markets and roadside stands. But with a new electronic format, you will have greater flexibility to use your funds, and participating farmers will receive faster payment. Additionally, LifeCare Alliance now will be able to send customized reminders directly to you and share announcements about promotions in your service area.

To accomplish this switch, the Ohio Department of Aging has partnered with “Homegrown Benefits” to build and maintain the new SFMNP app. Read below for more information on how to apply!

 

How to apply for the SFMNP

ELECTRONICALLY (recommended)
If you opt for this selection, you will spend your 2024 SFMNP benefits entirely through your mobile device. This is the fastest way for you to access your 2024 benefits. You must have an email address to go this route. A cell phone or tablet is NOT required to participate in this new format.

After you have set up your account, you can start spending your $50 benefit immediately with participating farmers!

SFMNP “DEBIT” CARD
If you opt for this selection, you will receive a Homegrown Benefits “debit” card that you will take with you to the participating community markets and roadside stands. The turnaround time from application to receiving your card via mail from ODA/Homegrown Benefits will be at a later date this summer.

To apply for this option, you will either complete an online application at the Ohio Department on Aging, or you will complete a paper copy application and mail it to LifeCare Alliance, Attn: SFMNP, 670 Harmon Ave., Columbus, OH  43223 for processing. Paper applications are available at the locations where you have gone to receive your SFMNP coupons in the past.

Eligibility for the 2024 SFMNP Program

You are eligible for this program if you are 60 years of age or older AND meet the below annual household income guidelines:

  • 1 person in household, income of $0 – $27,861
  • 2 persons in household, income of $0 – $37,814
  • 3 persons in household, income of $0 – $47,676
  • 4 persons in household, income of $0 – $57,720

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

  • Fairfield
  • Fayette
  • Franklin
  • Licking
  • Madison
  • Pickaway
  • Union
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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://ohio.gov/residents/resources/senior-farmers-market-nutrition-program#:~:text=The%20Department%20of%20Aging%20partners,%2C%20income%2C%20and%20geographic%20region 

Additional Help

We know that change can be hard! We want to make sure you have all the tools you need to make the 2024 SFMNP a success for you! Please see below for ways you can get more information:

  • LifeCare Alliance will be hosting “office hours” in July at the past SFMNP distribution locations.
    • Dates and times for these events will be posted on this web page by the 3rd week of June 2024.
  • LifeCare Alliance will have comprehensive ”how to” information and “screenshots” on this web page by the 3rd week of June 2024.
  • You can call LifeCare Alliance at 614-437-2865 or Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging 1-800-589-7277.

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