2021 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.
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 2021 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.
WE WILL BEGIN MAILING COUPONS IN MID-MAY for the 2021 program. If you apply after mid-May, you can expect your coupons to arrive in the mail in approximately two weeks. We will not notify you if you have been approved, you will only receive the coupons. If you do not qualify, we will send you a letter to let you know.
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 a market or farm stand?
A senior may list a designated shopper on their application who will be permitted to pick up the produce for them. One person may shop 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?
Council on Aging
ATTN: Farmers Market Program
175 Tri County Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45246
- If you are unable to apply online or download and/or print the application, please call us at (513) 721-1025 or (800) 252-0155 and select Option 2 from the menu to reach our call center and request an application be mailed to you.
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.