Illinois WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) - DHS 4724

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Illinois WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

A Guide for Participants and Farmers

What is the WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)?

The purpose of the FMNP is:

  • To provide fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers' markets to women, children and seniors at nutritional risk.
  • Expand awareness and use of farmers' markets through increased sales.

In Illinois, the FMNP operates during the summer season.

Who can participate in FMNP?

  • Eligible WIC Program Participants - Pregnant, Postpartum, Breastfeeding women, and children 1-5 years of age.
  • Eligible seniors who are 60+ years old and who have household incomes of not more than 185 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines.

FMNP benefits farmers

  • Supports local agriculture by increasing sales at farmers' markets.
  • Promotes growth of family farms by creating a market for fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.
  • Encourages growth of more varieties of fruits and vegetables.

FMNP benefits participants

  • Provides participants with a chance to improve their health by eating tasty and nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Introduces participants to farmers' markets and teaches them to select and prepare many different kinds of locally grown produce.

How do you use your FMNP checks?

  • Checks can be used during the summer season.
  • Not all vendors take FMNP checks. Look for signs showing which stands accept FMNP checks.
  • If you are unable to get to the market your proxy may use the FMNP checks. Please contact your agency to check on your proxy status.
  • Lost or stolen FMNP checks cannot be replaced.
  • No change can be given so be sure to use the full amount of your checks.
  • If you go over the amount you must pay the difference.
  • Sales tax cannot be charged or be a part of the price you pay for your FMNP produce.
  • Only eligible foods may be purchased with your FMNP checks.

Eligible foods for purchase with FMNP checks include:

Fresh Vegetables

Artichokes

Asparagus

Beans (all fresh varieties)

Beets

Bok Choy

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

Cabbage

Carrots

Cauliflower

Celeriac

Celery

Corn

Cucumbers

Eggplant

Fennel

Garlic

Greens

Herbs (edible)

Horseradish

Kale

Kohlrabi

Leeks

Lettuce 

Mushrooms

Okra

Onions

Parsley Root

Parsnip

Peas

Peppers

Potatoes (all varieties)

Pumpkins (edible)

Radishes

Rhubarb

Rutabagas

Scallions

Shallots

Spinach

Sprouts

Squash

Sunchokes

Swiss Chard

Tomatoes

Turnips

Tomatillos

Watercress

Zucchini

Fresh Fruits

Apples

Apricots

Berries

Cantaloupe

Cherries

Currants

Grapes

Melons

Nectarines

Peaches

Pears

Persimmons

Plums

Rhubarb

Other Items Allowed

Cut Herbs  

Honey (Seniors Only) 

Items Not Allowed

Popcorn

Nuts

Dried beans/peas

Eggs

Flowers

Ornamental Pumpkins/Gourds/Corn

Any processed food item such as:

Jellies/Jams

Juices/Cider

Canned Vegetables

Baked goods

Fruit pies

For more information contact the Illinois WIC?and Senior Farmers' Market ?Nutrition Program (FMNP):

Monday - Friday during business hours

1-217-782-2166

1-888-261-2713 (NexTalk)

For our office locator, visit our website at:

www.dhs.state.il.us

If you have questions about any Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) programs, you may call the automated helpline 24 hours a day at:

1-800-843-6154

1-800-447-6404 (TTY)


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