Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program [SFMNP] Law and Legal Definition

The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a federally funded assistance provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides low-income seniors with check booklets that can be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs at Certified Farmers’ Markets (CFM).

The program awards grants to States, the U.S. territories, and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs.

The purposes of the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program are to:

a. providing resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs from farmers' markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors;

b. increasing the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs; and

c. developing or aiding in the development of new and additional farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs.