What is the NC Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program?

The NC Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides eligible lower-income older adults with coupons to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables at their local farmers' markets. The program is designed to improve the nutrition of older adults and increase business for local farmers.
This year, 49 of the 100 counties in North Carolina participated in the program. Click here to see the 2023 map of the NC SFMNP. 
The SFMNP season runs from July 1 to September 30, 2023, and SMNFP coupon availability is limited by funding. All SFMNP coupons must be spent by Saturday, September 30!

Which farmers’ markets accept SFMNP coupons?

Click here to see the 2023 list of SFMNP-certified farmers’ markets. SFMNP coupons are accepted only at certified markets. They may not be used at non-certified farmers’ markets or roadside stands. If you have questions about a market, contact the market manager to check if they accept SFMNP coupons.

Note: Saturday, September 30, 2023, is the last day that SFMNP coupons may be spent. SFMNP coupons will not be accepted at farmers markets after September 30. 

What are eligibility requirements for the Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program?

For the SFMNP, an older adult must meet three requirements:

  1. 60 years of age or older
  2. Live in a participating county
  3. Household income of no more than 185% of the current Federal Poverty Level
    • $2,248 or less per month for a one-person household
    • $3,041 or less per month for a two-person household

Note: The SFMNP is not an entitlement program. This means that even if an older adult meets the eligibility requirements above, SFMNP coupons are not guaranteed. There may not be enough funds to allow every eligible person to receive SFMNP coupons.

How do I get more information about the SFMNP?

The 2023 SFMNP Coupon Interest Form closed on Friday, August 25, and SFMNP coupons are no longer being distributed for the 2023 season. Please check back in early spring 2024 for information on the 2024 SFMNP season.
Questions? Please contact Julie Sundermann, Nutrition Program Consultant, at julie.l.sundermann@dhhs.nc.gov or 984-301-2911.