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ALABAMA (WHNT) — The benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables increasing for eligible seniors this year will now be on reusable cards instead of paper vouchers.
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) administers the cards through the Farmers Market Authorization Section of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry. Each card now costs $50 and can be used at state markets and stands for fresh fruits and vegetables from certified farmers.
“Increasing the monetary value of the SFMNP card from $30 to $50 will allow seniors to purchase more local products. I want to encourage those who are eligible to apply and start shopping local!” Agriculture and Industry Commissioner Rick Pate said in a statement. Looking forward to another year of supporting you.”
The card replaces the paper vouchers issued in previous years. Benefits will be loaded on this card every year, so it is very important to have the card. Applicants must reapply every year.
To apply for the Benefits card, you must be 60 or older and meet income guidelines set forth by the state.
- For a family of 1 person, gross household income cannot exceed $2,096 monthly
- For a family of 2, gross household income cannot exceed $2,823 monthly
For households with more than two people, go here.
Applications cannot be taken over the phone or by mail. You can apply online here:
Program funds are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Seniors are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Where can I use food benefits?
Benefits can be redeemed to buy fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, honey and cut herbs at state-approved farmers markets, farm stands and U-Pick operations from May through November 15, 2023.
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Benefits cannot be used at grocery stores or any location not listed on the Redemption Site.
Click here to see the full list for each county:
For more information about SFMNP, visit their website or call (334) 240-7247 or 1 (877) 774-9519.