DHHS’s WIC Program Issues Farmers’ Market Coupons

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is now distributing Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons to families with young children and seniors enrolled in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Commodity Supplemental Food (CSF) Programs. The goal of FMNP is to help improve the diets of pregnant women, new mothers, infants, preschool children and seniors 60 years and older by providing coupons to be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at farmers’ markets in New Hampshire.

“This program will provide a way for low-income families and seniors to eat healthy, especially at a time when the prices of fresh fruits and vegetables are reaching record highs,” said Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) Director Dr. Jose Montero. “Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of nutrition for everyone and we’d like to encourage all residents to Get Fresh, and Eat More Fruits and Veggies.”

The coupons will be distributed during June, July, and August. Women and children can receive $12 in coupons for the season and seniors $18. The coupons are free and are distributed to WIC and CSF participants at clinics. They can be used at 59 different farmers’ markets around the State, from as far north as Colebrook to Nashua in the southern part of the State. Along with the coupons, families and seniors also receive recipes and information on how to choose fruits and vegetables.

In addition to helping provide families and seniors with free fruits and veggies, the program also helps NH farmers to market and sell their healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables to more than 16,000 families.

To learn more about WIC, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and FMNP contact DPHS’s Nutrition and Health Promotion Section at 603-271-4546 or 1-800-942-4321. For a list of farmers’ markets in New Hampshire visit: http://agriculture.nh.gov/publications/documents/2008FMNPDirectory.pdf