Commissioner Hugh Weathers: Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

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Commissioner Hugh Weathers is here to tell us more about the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program in South Carolina- a way for low income seniors to gain access to local fruits and vegetables.

Commissioner:

  • Here in South Carolina we always want to look out for those in our state who either don’t have easy access to local fruits and vegetables or can’t afford them. The Farmers Market Nutrition Program is one way we can help.
  • The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a seasonal USDA grant program that helps to provide fresh fruit and vegetables from local markets and food stands, and to educate the community about healthy eating.
  • What began in 6 counties in 2001 has since evolved to include 41 counties here in SC:
    • Abbeville, Aiken, Allendale, Anderson, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Greenwood, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union, Williamsburg, York.
  • SCDA and SCDSS, with the help of our local South Carolina Farmers markets, are working to make a difference in our communities.
  • This program provides low income seniors 60 and older, with SFMNP checks that can be used at local farmers markets and roadside stands to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown in South Carolina.
  • Who is Eligible?
    • Those who are 60 and older and live in participating counties are eligible to apply. You must complete the application, provide proof of identity and residence, and self-declare your household income
  • To learn more about Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program you can contact DSS at 803-898-1760