The National Association of Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs is a non-profit corporation founded in 1992. It is the nation’s only organization that links States, the District of Columbia, Indian Tribal Organizations, Territories and others with a stake in USDA’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs (including local fruit and vegetable growers and low-income families and seniors) with a shared mission.
USDA’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs
Through two federal programs, checks or coupons are provided to eligible WIC families and seniors to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. (For the Senior FMNP, honey is also an eligible food) Both programs expand the awareness, use of and sales at farmers’ markets, roadside stands and/or community supported agriculture farms.
- The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP) is associated with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and was established by Congress in 1992.
- The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) was piloted in 2001 and benefits low-income seniors.
The Association is led by a 12-member elected Board of Directors (comprised of four officers, seven regional representatives and an associate member representative), the immediate past president and an executive director.
Voting members represent state agencies and tribal nations that administer the WIC FMNP and/or SFMNP. Associate members include other interested individuals, agencies, businesses and organizations.
Benefits of Membership
Through the Association, both voting and associate members have representation on key legislative and regulatory issues, including networking and educational opportunities at the annual conference and through board and committee involvement. Members also receive access to our on-line membership directory and receive the association’s newsletter. By joining the NAFMNP you connect with a group of like-minded individuals who share a common purpose and goals.
“Our membership in NAFMNP has been instrumental to our programs’ successes. The sharing of ideas among member states have improved and enhanced our program efficiencies and streamlined the administration of both programs. “Casey Foster, Ag Program Manager, Nebraska