Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

COA is now accepting applications for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) from low-income seniors in our service area. The program provides fresh, nutritious, unprepared locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey through farmers markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs. This is the first year it is offered in southwestern Ohio.

Program eligibility

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 will receive 10 $5 coupons to redeem before October 31, 2020 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). 

Note that due to COVID-19, farmers’ markets may be running differently than they normally would. We recommond you contact a market ahead of time to ensure you understand any changes in operations.

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 now accepting applications for the 2020 program. You may apply one of the following ways:

  • Fill out our online application

    OR

  • Download and fill out an application and mail it in. During the COVID-19 pandemic, no signature will be required.

    Mail to:
    Council on Aging
    ATTN: Farmers' Market
    175 Tri County Parkway
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

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.