The Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), designed to provide low-income seniors with $30 of cash benefits to purchase fresh, unprocessed, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey, has returned to Kansas.  A limited number of eligible seniors will receive checks to use at local farmers markets between June 1st and October 15, 2010. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is collaborating with the Department of Social Rehabilitation Services and regional and local Area Agencies on Aging to identify and distribute the food coupons to eligible seniors.
Applicants will be served on a first come, first serve basis.  A total of 5,700 Seniors living in the following counties will be eligible:  Anderson, Atchison, Bourbon, Cowley, Dickinson, Douglas, Finney, Franklin, Harvey, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Lyon, McPherson, Osage, Reno, Republic, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee, and Wyandotte. Checks can be used between June 1 and October 15th. Local promotions will occur when checks are available for distribution.
To be eligible to receive SFMNP coupons, seniors must meet the criteria below:
Age – person must be 60 years of age or older on the day of issuance, no one under age 60 is eligible, and
Income level – Individual annual gross income (i.e. before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below $20,036 ($1,670/month)
Farmers who have been certified to participate in the program may accept SFMNP checks.  Any Kansas farmer wishing to participate in the program should contact the KS SFMNP manager at 785-296-8060. For more information, visit the Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program at www.kdheks.gov/sfmnp.
The SFMNP is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in collaboration with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Kansas Area Agencies on Aging,  Kansas Department of Agriculture,  Kansas State Research and Extension, and  Kansas Rural Center.  No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability.