owa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on June 9 announced that farmers market nutrition program applications are now available for eligible WIC recipients and low-income older Iowans.
The WIC farmers market nutrition and senior farmers market nutrition programs provide eligible Iowans with checks that can be redeemed for fresh, locally-grown produce at authorized farmers markets and farm stands through Oct. 31.
“Iowa-grown fresh fruits and vegetables can be found at farmers markets throughout the state,” Northey said. “The farmers market nutrition programs are designed to give WIC participants and low-income seniors better access to these fresh and nutritious foods.”
The farmers market nutrition programs are administered through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department on Aging. For more information contact Stephanie Groom, Program Administrator, at 515-725-1179 or at Stephanie.Groom@iowaagriculture.gov.
WIC FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM
The WIC farmers market nutrition program provides eligible WIC recipients with nine checks valued at $3 each.
WIC nutrition program checks will be distributed statewide on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible individuals may pick up checks at arranged appointments or at regularly scheduled clinic appointments.
A combination of state and federal funds will be used to make benefits available to more than 16,800 eligible WIC recipients this year. Eligible individuals include children ages 9 months through 4 years, pregnant women, breastfeeding women and post-partum women that participate in Iowa’s WIC Program.
The state’s 20 local WIC agencies have begun to distribute checks and nutritional education information. WIC recipients interested in obtaining the benefits are encouraged to contact their local WIC clinic or visit https://idph.iowa.gov/wic/families
for more information.
SENIOR FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM
The senior farmers market nutrition program provides eligible seniors with ten checks for $3 each. In addition to produce, locally produced honey can be purchased with Senior FMNP checks. Applicants throughout the state are offered the checks on a first-come, first-served basis and the checks are available through Area Agency on Aging offices.
A combination of state and federal funds will be used to make benefits available to more than 18,600 eligible seniors this year.
Eligible seniors must be sixty years of age or older with a household income less than $22,311 if single or $30,044 for a married couple. Iowa seniors will be asked to complete a one page application, verifying their eligibility, by providing their birth dates and the last four digits of their social security numbers.