Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

LifeCare Alliance administers the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) on behalf of the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA).
This program is funded by the USDA, with additional support from the Franklin County Office on Aging.
Annually, the program runs from June 1 through October 31.

Eligibility for the 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 – $ 22,459
  • 2 persons in household: $0 – $30,451
  • 3 persons in household: $0 – $38,443
  • 4 persons in household: $0 – $46,435

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: http://aging.ohio.gov/services/seniorfarmersmarketnutritionprogram/

How to receive your coupons

  • Coupons are provided on a first-come/first-served basis at one-day distribution events in each county.
  • Download an application here.
  • Applications must be signed by the applicant.
  • A proxy is permitted to pick up coupons on behalf of up to two (2) eligible applicants.
    • The application must be signed by the applicant.
    • The proxy must present his/her State ID and must sign the application, as well.
  • If a proxy meets the eligibility guidelines, he/she may pick up coupons for him/herself, as well as two (2) eligible applicants.
  • Mailed applications are not accepted and will be shredded.

How to use your coupons

  • Keep an eye on the expiration dates of your coupons: $25 expire on August 31st and $25 expire on October 31st.
  • 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 farmer’s 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.

Distribution event dates by county

Franklin County

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
7:00 am (until allocated coupons run out)

LifeCare Alliance
670 Harmon Ave.
Columbus, OH 43223

Fairfield County

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
12:00-2:00 p.m.

Meals on Wheels — Older Adult Alternatives of Fairfield County
253 Boving Rd.
Lancaster, OH  43130

Fayette County

June 14, 2018
9:00-11:00 am

Community Action Center
1400 County Highway 22
Washington CH, OH  43160

Licking County

Friday, June 22, 2018
9:00-11:00 am

County Aging Program
1058 E Main St
Newark, OH 43055

Madison County

Saturday, June 30, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

London, OH Farmers’ Market
Corner of Lafayette St. (Route 42) and Keny Blvd. (next to Carter Lumber)

Pickaway County

Friday, June 15, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Community Action Organization
469 E. Ohio St.
Circleville, OH  43113

Union County

Friday, June 22, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Union County Senior Services
940 London Avenue
Suite 1800
Marysville, OH 43040

Distribution event tips

  • Remember that the coupons are distributed on a first-come/first-served basis. Having received coupons in the past does not guarantee coupons each year.
  • Come prepared for the weather. You may be outside at some point waiting in line. Wear comfortable clothing and bring an umbrella, a visor, etc. depending on the predicted conditions for the day.
  • Bring a lightweight, foldable chair. You may be waiting in line for a period of time.
  • Consider using a proxy to get your coupons if you have difficulty standing for any period of time.
    • If using a proxy, the application must be signed by the applicant.
    • The proxy must present his/her State ID and must sign the application, as well.
  • Don’t be surprised when we move through the line at lightning speed! In spite of large crowds at each of the distribution events, we are committed it making it as smooth and fast of an event as possible.

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 consumers.

At this point, we are not permitted to partner with markets to administer the program.

To become eligible to accept SFMNP coupons, please review and complete the following materials:

Once farmers are determined to be eligible to accept SFMNP coupons, LifeCare Alliance will send you SFMNP 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