Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides fresh, nutritious, unprepared locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey through farmers markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs.
Those with 2020 coupons have until October 31, 2020 to redeem them, but we are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 program.
To be eligible, a senior must live in Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton or Warren counties, be age 60 or older and have an annual household income that is less than 185% of the poverty level (see qualifying household income levels). Each eligible senior in a household may apply. Applicants do not have to be COA clients.
How does the program work?
Eligible seniors who apply receive 10, $5 coupons to redeem during the growing season at participating farmers' markets.
Once a senior is approved for the program, COA will send the coupons, a letter with instructions on how to redeem the coupons and a list of participating markets. Applicants should expect to receive their coupons approximately two weeks after submitting their application (if they qualify).
The health and safety of our seniors is very important and we urge all seniors to follow CDC guidelines related to COVID-19 safety.
What if a senior is unable to get to the pickup location?
A senior may designate a proxy on their application who will be permitted to pick up the produce for them. One person may be a proxy for up to two other people.
What types of foods are part of the program?
Eligible foods include locally grown, fresh vegetables, herbs, fruits and honey. View the SFMNP Eligible Food List.
How can seniors apply?
COA is no longer accepting applications for the 2020 program. Before the 2021 growing season, we will make available an online application and a downloadable application that can be mailed to us.
What if I have questions?
If you have questions, please call COA at (513) 721-1025 or (800) 252-0155 and select Option 2. Or you may send an email.