ALABAMA (WDHN) — Fresh fruit and vegetable benefit cards are once again available for seniors in Alabama.
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a federally funded program issued by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries’ Farmers Market Authority Section.
The SFMNP allows qualified seniors to receive a $50 benefit card to buy fresh fruits and vegetables from certified farmers at farmer’s markets and farm stands across the state.
“The SFMNP card allows senior citizens to purchase more local products. I want to encourage those who are eligible to apply and begin shopping local,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate. “ADAI looks forward to another year of supporting Alabama’s farmers and senior citizens through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.”
To be eligible, seniors must be 60 years of age or older on the day of application, and applicants’ gross household income must not exceed these limits:
$2,248 monthly for a household of 1
$3,041 monthly for a household of 2
At this time, applications cannot be taken over the phone or by mail. Applicants can apply online by clicking here.
If you have a benefit card from 2023, you will need the card number to renew that card and submit your application. If eligible and the application submission is completed, a benefit card will be mailed to new recipients at the address provided.
Applicants must reapply every year. It is important to keep the benefits card since new benefits will be loaded on the card each year after an application is received.
Benefits can be redeemed at State Sanctioned Farmers Markets, Farm Stands and U-Pick Operations for the purchase of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, honey and cut herbs from Wednesday, May 1 through Wednesday, November 27.
When purchasing Alabama-grown fresh fruits or vegetables from authorized farmers, present the benefit card as you would a debit or credit card.