IMPORTANT: Special procedures due to COVID-19

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
(SFMNP) : $50 Produce Boxes

In the interest of public health safety, the 2020 SFMNP will not be operating “business as usual.” For 2020, rather than distributing SFMNP coupons, we will be delivering $50 produce boxes to eligible participants accepted into the program.
Produce boxes will be delivered on a first come, first served basis. Funding is available to deliver produce boxes to approximately 5,500 central Ohioans.
LifeCare Alliance administers the 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.

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To apply for the 2020 Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, choose one of the options below.
If you are downloading a printable application, you may submit your application via mail or fax.
Hand-delivered applications will not be accepted.

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MAIL:
LifeCare Alliance
Attn: SFMNP
670 Harmon Ave.
Columbus, OH  43223
FAX:
614-278-3143

Eligibility for the 2020 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 – $ 23,107
  • 2 persons in household: $0 – $31,284
  • 3 persons in household: $0 – $39,461
  • 4 persons in household: $0 – $47,638
  • 5 persons in household: $0 – $55,815
  • 6 persons in household: $0 – $63,992

These program details apply to those living in the following counties:

  • Franklin
  • Fairfield
  • Fayette
  • 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: http://aging.ohio.gov/services/seniorfarmersmarketnutritionprogram/

What is a $50 SFMNP Produce Box?

  • LifeCare Alliance and the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging are partnering with 20 central Ohio farmers to bulk purchase locally grown fresh produce, herbs, and honey.
  • Eligible participants accepted into the program will have the option of receiving either a mid-summer or late-summer box. 2020 SFMNP applications will have a box for applicants to select which type of box they would prefer:
    • Mid-summer example – Berries, corn, greens, melon, onions, peaches, and tomatoes, and honey
    • Late-summer example – Apples, carrots, greens, onions, peppers, potatoes, squash, and honey
  • Produce will be delivered to LifeCare Alliance for assembly in mid-July and late-August.
  • Staff and volunteers will prepare individual boxes of $50-worth of items provided by the participating farmers.
  • Staff and volunteers will deliver the produce boxes directly to eligible participants accepted into the program.
    • Participants accepted into the program will be called and/or emailed the week of their delivery with a specific delivery date.

How to apply to receive a $50 SFMNP Produce Box

  • Hard copy applications will be accepted by mail or by fax AFTER 5/26/2020.
    • Applications can be faxed to 614.278.3143 or mailed to LifeCare Alliance, Attention: SFMNP, 670 Harmon Ave., Columbus, OH 43223.
    • Applications may not be hand-delivered to LifeCare Alliance.
  • Electronic applications may be submitted by clicking here.
  • Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. As applications are received, they will be date and time-stamped.
    • Once LifeCare Alliance has reached our limit of applications for produce boxes available, we will initiate a waiting list.
    • Due to volume, applicants are discouraged from calling regarding the status of his/her application. If you will be receiving a produce box, we will contact you with details on the delivery of your box.

How to get a 2020 SFMNP Application for a $50 Produce Box*

  • DOWNLOAD – The 2020 downloadable application is available here.
  • ELECTRONIC FORM – Applicants may submit an electronic application by clicking here.
  • CASE MANAGEMENT – If you typically work with your PASSPORT, Senior Options, Aetna, or Molina case manager at COAAA to receive your coupons, please contact your case manager directly about applying for a 2020 SFMNP produce box.
  • HARD COPY – Starting around 5/18/2020, paper copies of the applications will be available outside the main entrance of the following locations in each participating county:
    • FRANKLIN – LifeCare Alliance, 670 Harmon Ave., Columbus, OH 43223
    • FAIRFIELD – Meals-on-Wheels of Fairfield County, 1515 Cedar Hill Rd., Lancaster, OH 43130
    • FAYETTE – Community Action Center, 1400 County Highway 22, Washington CH, OH 43160
    • LICKING – Licking County Aging Program, 1058 E. Main St., Newark, OH 43055
    • MADISON – Madison County Health Department, 306 Lafayette St., London, OH 43140
    • PICKAWAY – Community Action Organization, 469 E. Ohio St., Circleville, OH 43113
    • UNION – Union County Senior Services, 940 London Ave., Marysville, OH 43040

* LifeCare Alliance will not be mailing blank applications to those interested in receiving one.

Looking forward to the 2021 SFMNP

It is LifeCare Alliance and COAAA’s intention to return to typical SFMNP operations for 2021. Please see below for information on what a typical SFMNP program year looks like:

  • The eligibility requirements for the SFMNP will be the same as 2020.
  • People meeting the eligibility requirements are qualified to receive $50 in coupons, valued at $5 each.
  • Coupons can be used at participating farmers’ markets and roadside stands.
  • Coupons can be redeemed for fresh produce, herbs, and honey grown in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky.
  • For those who are homebound, coupon recipients may select a “personal shopper” to proxy.

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

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