WIC Farmers" Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

To provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers markets to women, infants, and children who participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); and to expand the awareness and use of farmers" markets and increase
sales at such markets.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available.

Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available.

Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Food and Nutrition Service updated regional office listed in Appendix IV.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Human Services, Illinois Department Of $ 39,679   2020-10-012022-09-30
Human Services, Illinois Department Of $ 8,127   2020-10-012022-09-30
Indiana State Department Of Health $ 28,931   2020-10-012022-09-30
Indiana State Department Of Health $ 5,926   2020-10-012022-09-30
Agriculture, Texas Department Of $ 115,075   2020-10-012021-09-30
Agriculture, Texas Department Of $ 23,570   2020-10-012021-09-30
Human Services, Vermont Agency Of $ 1,738   2020-10-012021-09-30
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 6,327   2020-10-012021-09-30
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 30,893   2020-10-012021-09-30
Health, New Jersey Department Of $ 115,328   2020-10-012021-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are made to State health, agriculture and other agencies, Indian tribes, bands, or intertribal councils or groups recognized by the Department of the Interior, or the Indian Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Participating State agencies must provide program income or State, local, or private funds for the program in an amount that is equal to at least 30 percent of the administrative cost of the program except Indian Tribal Organizations which may provide a negotiated match contribution that is less than 30 percent but not less than 10 percent.

The matching requirement may be satisfied from State contributions that are made for similar programs.

Federal FMNP benefits (coupons) may be issued only to participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or to persons who are on a waiting list to receive WIC benefits.

A minimum of 83 percent of grant funds may be used to support the costs of the foods that are provided under the FMNP but no more than seventeen percent may be used for administrative cost of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All State agencies that desire to receive a FMNP grant must submit, for each Federal fiscal year, a State Plan to 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 FMNP sites are selected by participating State agencies based on concentration of eligible WIC participants and access to farmers" markets.

Beneficiary Eligibility

WIC participants (i.e., pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding women; infants over 4 months of age; and children up to 5 years of age) and (at the State"s discretion) those who are on a waiting list to receive WIC benefits are eligible to receive FMNP coupons. State agencies may also designate subcategories of WIC participants, e.g., pregnant and breastfeeding women only, to be FMNP recipients.


A signed and executed Federal/State Agreement (FNS-339) is necessary before funds can be allocated to a participating FMNP State agency. Costs will be determined in accordance with 7 CFR Part 3016, and FNS guidelines and instructions. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Application is made through submission of a "State Plan of Program Operation and Administration" as required by law.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Farmers or farmers" markets (depending on whether State agencies have agreements with farmers or markets) located in communities with WIC Program sites may apply to be authorized to accept FMNP coupons under the program. The State agency reviews the applications for completeness and compliance with authorization