The annual SFMNP benefits are designed to provide resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from farmers markets, roadside stands, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to low-income seniors in Arizona. The program may also increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic Authorized Market(s).
Once a year, qualifying seniors may receive one $50 SFMNP voucher booklet, which contains ten (10) $5.00 vouchers. SFMNP Vouchers can only be used at Authorized Farmers Markets and Farm Stands to purchase fresh, Arizona-grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Visit www.azfmnp.org for a complete list and map of participating Authorized Farmers Markets and Farm Stands. The vouchers are valid until November 15th of the same year they were issued. The program is first come, first served.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box
At certain partnering locations, seniors may receive Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes in lieu of SFMNP vouchers. Each CSA box is valued at $10-$15 and consists of Arizona-grown fruits and vegetables. Participating seniors will receive the full $50 in value of produce in 3 to 5 installments of CSAs.
The number of SFMNP vouchers or CSA boxes issuance may vary each year according to available funding. Qualifying seniors may pick up the vouchers at authorized farmers markets and farm stands between February 1st to and September 30th. However, please note some farmers markets and farm stands have seasonal closures. For up-to-date information on all authorized sites’ locations and hours, please visit www.azfmnp.org.