Rep. Dillon: Increased Funds And Early Start Of Farmers' Market Nutrition Program On June 1

June 1, 2024

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CT DoAg) Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) will begin today, June 1, a month earlier than usual, and will run through November 30, 2024. Eligible participants can visit certified farmers’ markets and farm stands to redeem benefits for local CT Grown farm products including fresh, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, and eggs (state funds only). Seniors may also purchase honey with their funds.
In addition to the earlier start date, participants will also receive increased funds. Eligible participants include all enrolled individuals in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Child (WIC) through the Department of Public Health, as well as seniors over the age of 60 and disabled individuals who meet income and housing guidelines. Each eligible WIC participant will receive $60, and seniors will receive $50 per person.

There are currently more than 200 certified farmers and nearly 100 authorized redemption locations, throughout the state including a few in New Haven. To view a current list, or map, of authorized redemption locations, including farmers’ markets and farm stands, visit our website.
Both WIC and Senior FMNP are a congressionally authorized program administered by CT DoAg and jointly funded by the State of Connecticut and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). WIC FMNP benefits are distributed to local WIC agencies statewide through a partnership with the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH). Senior benefits are available through distribution locations.