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WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

Since 1992, the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) has helped promote local farmers markets and bring locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables into the homes of WIC participants. In Kentucky, WIC recipients receive Automated Food Instruments (AFIs) worth $20 each summer to purchase locally grown fruits, vegetables or fresh-cut herbs. Local WIC agencies issue FMNP AFIs and provide nutrition education emphasizing the importance of including fruits and vegetables in the diet daily.

Where does WIC FMNP operate in Kentucky?

Currently more than 40 farmers markets across Kentucky accept WIC FMNP AFIs.

Who can Participate?

To quaity, you must:

  • Be a certified WIC recipient in a county served by WIC FMNP.
    Apply for WIC benefits
  • Be pregnant, postpartum (up to six months) or breastfeeding (up to one year)
  • Be an infant (age 1 by Oct. 1 for WIC FMNP)
  • Be a child up to age 5

What foods are available?

A variety of fresh, nutritious, raw, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs may be purchased with WIC FMNP AFIs. Each state agency develops a list of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs that can be purchased.

 

 

 

How does the program operate?

WIC FMNP is administered through a federal/State partnership in which the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) provides cash grants to state agencies. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture Food Distribution Program administers FMNP and works in conjunction with the State WIC Program to administer the benefits to WIC participants through local health departments.

WIC participants receive nutrition education when they apply for benefits and when FMNP AFIs are issued. AFIs usually are issued beginning in May and can be used through mid October of each year. Nutrition education may be provided by other local partners such as the Cooperative Extension Programs and Farmers' Market Associations. These partners educate WIC FMNP participants on topics such as how to select, store and prepare the fresh fruits and vegetables they buy with their FMNP AFIs.

 

 


Last Updated 10/21/2009
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