(This text involves us courtesy of the Missouri Division of Agriculture.)

The Missouri Division of Agriculture introduced that the Missouri Senior Farmers Market Vitamin Program (SFMNP) and WIC Farmers Market Vitamin Program (WICFMNP) have launched for the 2023 season. Each applications are funded by the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Meals and Vitamin Service and help low-income recipients in acquiring contemporary Missouri Grown produce.

“The Farmers Market Vitamin Packages have confirmed helpful for everybody concerned,” stated Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. “Our farmers increase scrumptious, high quality merchandise and are in a position to help their backside line by collaborating in these applications which are additionally necessary for recipients and the native economic system.”

Low-income seniors within the Kansas Metropolis, St. Louis, Springfield and Mid-Missouri areas can apply to obtain advantages which is able to enable them to buy eligible meals from a licensed farmer at a Missouri farmers market or roadside stand. A complete of $50 in advantages could also be issued to every qualifying Missouri family. To establish the areas that contained the best variety of eligible residents, the Missouri Division of Agriculture labored with the Missouri Division of Social Companies.

Seniors are inspired to think about using a proxy to each apply for advantages and buy eligible meals at a farmers market. Every senior might designate one proxy on their behalf. The senior and the proxy should each signal this system utility in an effort to obtain the advantages.

Seniors might apply for advantages on the following areas:

  • Springfield – SeniorAge Space Company on Getting older, (417) 862-0762
  • St. Louis space
    • Jefferson, St. Louis & St. Charles counties – Getting older Forward Company, (636) 207-0847
    • Franklin County & St. Louis Metropolis – Univ. of Missouri Extension, (888) 515-0016
  • Kansas Metropolis – Univ. of Missouri Extension, (816) 482-5850
  • Columbia – Getting older Finest Company on Getting older, (573) 443-5823

WIC members within the Kansas Metropolis, St. Louis, Springfield and Mid-Missouri areas may also apply to obtain advantages totaling $20 per eligible recipient to buy eligible meals from a licensed farmer at a Missouri farmers market or roadside stand. Thirty 5 WIC companies within the 4 areas are aiding with this system. WIC members can request Farmers Market Vitamin Program advantages from the identical company the place they obtain their WIC advantages.

The Division’s Missouri Grown crew has skilled and licensed almost 200 farmers to take part in this system. Licensed farmers shall be recognized by an indication that states the sales space is proudly collaborating within the Farmers Market Vitamin Program. Advantages could also be used to buy contemporary, uncooked, unprepared meals grown in Missouri and bought at a farmers market or roadside stand. Eligible meals embody fruits, greens, contemporary lower cooking herbs and honey (SFMNP solely).

Advantages can be found via Sept. 30 (or till funds are exhausted) and have to be redeemed by Oct. 31. Farmers fascinated by studying extra about eligibility and participation ought to e-mail the Division of Agriculture at [email protected].

For extra details about the Senior Farmers Market Vitamin and WIC Farmers Market Vitamin applications, go to the Division’s Farmers Market webpage. For extra details about the Missouri Division of Agriculture and its applications, go to the Division on-line at Agriculture.Mo.Gov.