The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Act (Public Law 102-314) was established on July 2, 1992. The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program began as a grant program in 2001 and was established as a permanent program in 2007 (Public Law 107-171). The purpose of the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to women, children and seniors who are nutritionally at risk and to expand the awareness and use of farmers’ markets.
Who is Eligible?
- Senior Participants: contact Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program for information on eligibility and benefits distribution.
- WIC Participants: are eligible to receive WIC CVC and FMNP. Contact your WIC Local Agency for more information.
Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program – FMNP
In the District, the FMNP is branded as Get Fresh. Seniors participating in the Grocery Plus/Commodity Supplemental Food Program and each pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum woman and child (1 year to 5 years of age) participating in WIC, are eligible to receive $25.00 worth of Get Fresh checks to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from approved farmers. Farmers who sell their produce in the District of Columbia may be eligible to become an approved Get Fresh farmer.
WIC Fruit and Vegetables Checks - CVC
WIC Cash Value Check (CVC) is funded through the USDA. The Cash Value Check is a part of the regular WIC food package. The checks are issued monthly to each eligible participant. Starting October 1, 2016 the Cash Value check dollar amount increased for all participants. Children receive $8.00, pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum women up to six months receive $11.00 and women breastfeeding multiples receive $15.00 once a month as a part of the food package.
2016 FMNP Application Process
The DC WIC Farmer's Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) programs operating from Wednesday, June 1, 2016 through Wednesday, November 30, 2016, will provide checks valued at $5.00 each to participants for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables from FMNP approved farmers. The WIC Vegetable and Fruit Cash-Value Checks (CVC) are issued all year long.
Maryland WIC participants that receive the Fruit and Vegetable check receive the same tender amounts as District residents that receive the Vegetable and Fruit Cash-Value Checks. Farmers are encouraged to join the Maryland WIC FMNP and Senior FMNP. Farmers are able to redeem Maryland WIC and Senior FMNP benefits at the DC based markets.
Farmers must apply to each State’s FMNP program separately. Only authorized farmers can participate in WIC and Senior FMNPs voucher and CVC redemptions, and we invite you to apply. Applications must be post marked no later than Friday, April 8, 2016.
All FMNP Farmers and Market Managers:
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Location: Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
1100 Fourth Street, SW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20024
- Application Letter (pdf)
- Authorization Criteria for Participation (pdf)
- 2016 FMNP Application New (pdf)
- FMNP Agreement Form (pdf)
- Authorization Process and Timeline (pdf)
- 2016 Farmers’ Market Guide Book (pdf)
- Complaint Form (pdf)
- Get Fresh Poster (pdf)
- Get Fresh Festival Template (pdf)