The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides each participant with $50-worth of coupons to purchase fresh, nutritious, unprepared locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey through farmers markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs. The SFMNP is available to persons aged 60+ with an annual household income that is 185% of the poverty level or less
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 U.S. Department of Agriculture, with additional support from the Franklin County Office on Aging and Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging.
Annually, the program runs from June 1 through October 31.
For the 2022 SFMNP season, we will return to distributing coupons to eligible participants.
2022 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Applications
Applications for the 2022 program will be accepted in person ONLY.
Applications are available as follows:
- Download: The 2022 application is downloadable by clicking the purple button below.
- Case Management: If you typically work with your COAAA PASSPORT, Aetna, or Molina case manager to receive your coupons, please contact your case manager directly about applying for the 2022 SFMNP.
- Hard Copy: Starting around May 15, 2022, paper copies of the applications will be available outside the main entrance of the location you typically visit to obtain your coupons.
How to receive your coupons:
- Complete and sign your application. Applications must be signed by the applicant.
- Bring your completed and signed application to a coupon distribution event. Coupons are provided on a first-come/first-served basis at one-day distribution events in each county.
- 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.
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:
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
Coupon Distribution Events
June 14, 2022, 7:00 a.m. start time (until allocated coupons run out)
670 Harmon Ave.
Columbus, OH 43223
June 9, 2022, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
1515 Cedar Hill Rd.
Lancaster, OH 43130
June 23, 2022, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Community Action Center
1400 County Highway 22
Washington CH, OH 43160
June 16, 2022, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
County Aging Program
1058 E. Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
July 2, 2022, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
London, OH Farmers Market, corner of Lafayette St. (Route 42) and Keny Blvd. (next to Tractor Supply)
June 15, 2022, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Community Action Organization
469 E. Ohio St.
Circleville, OH 43113
June 22, 2022
940 London Ave., Room A
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 light-weight 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 bring 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 to making it as smooth and as fast an event as possible.
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
(This is a voicemail-only number. Calls will be returned within 48 hours.)
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
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