NH DHHS - Nutrition Program

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Starts Up Again

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 New Hampshire. SFMNP and CSFP are funded by the

U.S. Department of Agriculture and Nutrition Service. Community Action

Program Belknap Merrimack Counties, Inc., administers SFMNP under a

contract with the NH Department of Health and Human Services.

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

and vegetables grown by 18 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 administered by the Division of Public Health Services at the NH

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and currently reaches about

4,500 low-income seniors 60 years and older in New Hampshire. Income

guidelines are up to: $1,245 monthly for a senior living alone and $1,681

monthly for a family of two persons.

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 nutrition services to

low-income seniors who may have a difficult time finding affordable fresh

fruits and vegetables,” said Dr. José Thier 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, hypertension,

and diabetes.”

Seniors 60 years of age 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. For more information and healthy recipes, visit the NH

DHHS website at www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/wic/csfp.htm  or

www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/healthyrecipescooking.htm .

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