NH DHHS - Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program: Farm Fresh for Seniors

Concord, NH - Starting in mid-July, the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition

Program (SFMNP), also called the NH Farm Fresh Delivery Program, will begin

distributing fresh produce to more than 4,500 low-income seniors. Seniors

are enrolled through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, or CSFP, at

statewide clinic sites in the State. CSFP is run by the Division of Public

Health Services at the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Farm Fresh provides seniors with a fresh, locally grown bundle of fruits

and vegetables grown by more than 25 farmers in New Hampshire. The bundle

has a value of about $18.00 and includes at least four different fruits and

vegetables, ranging from apples to zucchini. Fruits and vegetables will be

distributed to seniors through mid-September at more than 60 CSFP sites in

New Hampshire. Seniors will also receive recipe ideas and tips on how to

prepare and store fresh fruits and vegetables.

CSFP is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and currently reaches

about 4,600 low-income seniors 60 years and older in New Hampshire. Income

guidelines are up to:

$1,211 monthly for a senior living alone

$1,640 for a family of two seniors

CSFP provides a monthly food benefit that includes canned meats, fruits,

vegetables, cereal, juice, pasta, rice, and cheese, plus recipe ideas on

how to use the foods in healthy recipes.

“Public health nutrition programs like these provide healthy nutrition

services to at-risk low-income seniors who may have a difficult time

finding low-cost nutritious foods,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of

Public Health at DHHS. “By providing these foods and education to seniors,

we hope to prevent the onset of chronic diseases such as obesity and


Seniors 60 years and older who meet the income guidelines are encouraged to

call the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Section of DHHS at

1-800-942-4321 to learn how to apply for CSFP and SFMNP services in their

community. CSFP and SFMNP are equal opportunity programs.