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Farmer's Market Nutrition Program

Program Overview

The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Act (Public Law 102-314) was established on July 2, 1992. The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program began as a grant program in 2001 and was established as a permanent program in 2007 (Public Law 107-171). The purpose of the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to women, children and seniors who are nutritionally at risk and to expand the awareness and use of farmers’ markets. In the district, the FMNP is branded as Get Fresh. Farmers who sell their produce in the District of Columbia may be eligible to become an approved Get Fresh farmer.

Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program:

Senior Participants: Seniors, 60 years and older, participating in the Grocery Plus/Commodity Supplemental Food Program are eligible to receive $40.00 worth of Get Fresh checks to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and local honey from approved farmers. Contact the Capitol Area Food Bank for information on eligibility and benefit distribution sites.

WIC Participants: are eligible to receive WIC CVC and FMNP. Each pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum woman, child (1 year to 5 years of age) and infants 6-12 months are eligible to receive $30.00 worth of Get Fresh checks to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from approved farmers. Contact your WIC Local Agency for more information.

WIC Fruit and Vegetables Checks - CVC

WIC Cash Value Check (CVC) is funded through the USDA. The Cash Value Check is a part of the regular WIC food package. The checks are issued monthly to each eligible participant. Starting October 1, 2016 the Cash Value check dollar amount increased for all participants. Children receive $8.00, pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum women up to six months receive $11.00 and women breastfeeding multiples receive $16.50 once a month as a part of the food package.