A growing number of farmers markets accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, previously known as food stamps, and the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons available to eligible seniors and women with infants. To find out if your local farmers market accepts EBT cards, WIC or senior nutrition program coupons, ask the market manager.
Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs
The Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is associated with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, also known as WIC, which provides supplemental foods and education to low-income mothers and infants. Eligible WIC participants receive FMNP coupons in addition to their regular WIC food assistance. Coupons are used to buy fresh, unprocessed, locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers, farmers markets and roadside stands that have been approved by the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services to accept FMNP coupons.
For additional information about accepting coupons, see the links below or contact the WIC Manager, Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services, (406) 444-5533 or 800-433-4298.
Seniors Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) awards grants to states and Indian tribal governments to provide coupons that can be used by seniors to buy eligible foods at farmers markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. State departments of agriculture, aging, health and tribal governments administering the grants develop partnerships with farmers markets to expand service to seniors and distribute benefits to low income seniors. Transportation to sites is sometimes available.
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-5425
Fax: (406) 444-9442
Published: May 11, 2011 1:54:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: January 28, 2015 9:34:59 AM MST