Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program


(1) To provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from farmers markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors, and (2) to increase the consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding, developing, or aiding in the development and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Food and Nutrition Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 787,139 participants, 20,248 farmers, 3,912 farmers’ markets, 3,177 roadside stands, 154 community supported agriculture programs. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Public Law 107-171, 116 Stat. 334, 7 U.S.C 3007.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
All State agencies that desire to receive a SFMNP grant must submit for review and approval, for each Federal fiscal year, a State Plan to the appropriate Regional Office of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. New State agencies are selected based on the availability of funds after base grants for currently participating State agencies are funded. Local SFMNP sites are selected by participating State agencies based on concentration of eligible senior participants and access to farmers' markets.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Persons eligible for the program are low-income seniors, generally defined as individuals who are at least 60 years old and who have household incomes of not more than 185 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines (published each year by the Department of Health and Human Services). Some State agencies accept proof of participation or enrollment in another means-tested program, such as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), for SFMNP eligibility.
A signed and executed Federal/State Agreement (SF-339) is necessary before funds can be allocated to a participating SFMNP State agency. Costs will be determined in accordance with 7 CFR Part 3016, and FNS guidelines and instructions. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Application is made through submission of a "State Plan of Program Operation and Administration" as required by law. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Farmers or farmers' markets (depending on whether State agencies have agreements with farmers or markets) may apply to be authorized to accept SFMNP coupons under the program. The State agency reviews the applications for completeness and compliance with authorization requirements. The State agency contacts the farmer/farmers' market to inform them of qualification. Individual participants apply for SFMNP benefits at approved SFMNP sites.
Award Procedure
Funds are awarded by the Department on the basis of funding formulas to State agencies. If the available funds are insufficient to meet the base grant levels for current SFMNP grantees, a pro-rata reduction will be applied to the grant levels awarded to all participating SFMNP State agencies. If additional funds become available for the SFMNP, such funds would first be distributed evenly among the current grantees to make whole their base grants for that fiscal year. Grant payments are made by a letter of credit.
Nov 15, 2014: Set forth in the announcement. SFMNP State Plans for the current fiscal year are due to the appropriate FNS Regional ofice by November 15.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
In general, FNS will announce SFMNP awards, and notify each State agency that did not receive an award, approximately 60 days after the date State Plans are due to FNS.
All decisions by the FNS are final.
This Program is authorized through September 30, 2018.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are made to State departments such as health, agriculture and aging, United States territories and Federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, or any other agency approved by the chief executive officer of the State. Grant funds may be used to support the costs of the foods that are provided under the SFMNP but no more than ten percent may be used for administrative cost of the program. Ninety percent of grant funds may be used to support the costs of the foods that are provided under the SFMNP and ten percent may be used for administrative cost of the program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual reports submitted to FNS specifying the following data: Number and type of recipients (Federal and non-federal); number of authorized farmers, farmers' markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture (CSA’s); value of coupons issued and redeemed; and financial expenditure data. Cash reports are not applicable. No progress reports are required. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
State agencies must maintain records as necessary to support the SFMNP funds. Such records must be retained for a period of 3 years after the date of submission of the final report for the fiscal year to which the records pertain, except that if audit findings have not been resolved, the records shall be retained beyond the three year period as long as required for the resolution of the issues raised by the audit.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
SFMNP funds are provided using Federal Reserve Bank letters of credit. All SFMNP coupons must be issued prior to September 30 and must be redeemed by November 30 of each fiscal year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: State agencies may withdraw funds only as needed.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Debra Whitford Supplemental Food Programs Division, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Phone: (703) 305-2746 Fax: (703) 305-2196.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $20,585,494; FY 15 est $20,600,000; and FY 16 est $20,600,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 14 grants ranged from $9925 to $1,793,037.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR 249, 7 CFR Part 3016, 7 CFR Part 3017, 7 CFR Part 3018
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: 52 State agencies and federally recognized tribal organizations. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.


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