State of Illinois
Department of Human Services
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:
Beans (all fresh varieties)
Potatoes (all varieties)
Other Items Allowed
Honey (Seniors Only)
Items Not Allowed
Any processed food item such as:
For more information contact the Illinois WIC?and Senior Farmers' Market ?Nutrition Program (FMNP):
Monday - Friday during business hours
For our office locator, visit our website at:
If you have questions about any Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) programs, you may call the automated helpline 24 hours a day at:
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
DHS 4724 (R-03-13) Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
Printed by the Authority of the State of Illinois.
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