The annual FMNP benefits are designed to provide additional resources to interested participants. Resources include:
- Providing nutrition counseling and supplemental foods to low income, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, postpartum women, and children up to age five.
- Providing participants in the WIC Program, except infants, with coupons to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers' markets. WIC participants receive these nutritious foods in addition to the regular WIC food package.
- Improving the diet of WIC participants as well as provide an awareness of where Authorized Market(s) are located. Authorized Market(s) offer a community resource of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Increasing sales of fruits and vegetables for farmers as well as increase the number of customers visiting authorized market(s).
Once a year, qualifying participants may receive one booklet containing up to six (6) FMNP vouchers that may be used during the “Dates of Use” printed on the voucher. Each voucher has a program value of $5.00, for up to $30.00 in FMNP vouchers.
The number of FMNP vouchers issuance may vary each year according to available funding. FMNP vouchers are normally distributed to qualifying participants at authorized distributors February 1st. However, the voucher distribution time frame may change depending on product season.