FARMERS MARKET AUTHORITY RECEIVES $1.3 MILLION FOR NUTRITION PROGRAMS
State of Alabama Farmers Market Authority Administrator Don Wambles announced today that the Farmers Market Authority has received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs - $897,796 for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) and $419,683 for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WFMNP).
"The SFMNP for low-income seniors and the WFMNP for women, infants and children are great programs designed to help qualified individuals access quality, fresh, 'in season' produce," said Wambles. "The SFMNP targets low-income seniors, ages 60 and over, who have household incomes of not more than 185 percent of the annually published federal poverty income guidelines whereas the WFMNP is available for individuals already qualified for the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)."
Wambles stated that Alabama is 1 of 47 states and territories to receive the grant which will be used to provide coupons that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs. Alabama operates these programs from May through November each year.
"This grant from USDA will allow the Farmers Market Authority to serve even more program participants in 2005," added Wambles. "We are pleased that the SFMNP will again serve all 67 Alabama counties with the WFMNP expanding to serve 16 counties."
For information on participating in these programs, contact Don Wambles or Stacy Sasser at the Farmers Market Authority at 1-877-774-9519 or (334) 242-2618.