We are excited to share that the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) has opened enrollment for the popular Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). This program offers low-income seniors a one-time SFMNP benefit card worth $80, which can be used to purchase fresh produce at farmers markets throughout King County.
Last year, the SFMNP benefit was doubled from $40 to $80 per person, resulting in $655,560 in farmers market voucher support for 8,165 low-income older adults. This year, the funding has been increased again, and over 10,000 seniors are expected to receive SFMNP cards in 2023.
Who can apply?
Qualified applicants must be 60 or older (or 55+ if American Indian/Alaska Native) by June 30 and reside in King County, WA. Income restrictions apply, with monthly limits of $2,248 for single individuals or $3,040 for a household of two (add $792 per person for larger households).
How to apply?
Apply online at sfmnp-seattleking.org (available in multiple languages). Alternatively, you can find promotional flyers and printed application forms in various languages at agingkingcounty.org/SFMNP. Applications must be submitted (or postmarked, if mailed) on or before May 19, 2023.
SFMNP cards will be mailed to eligible applicants in July and can be used at participating farmers markets until October 31, 2023.
Let’s support our low-income seniors in accessing fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables while also contributing to our local farmers and markets. Apply for the SFMNP Benefit Card today and spread the word!