2019 Coupon Programs Launch in July

The 2019 Massachusetts Farmers Market Nutrition Voucher Programs - or “coupons” - just launched in July. There are currently three coupon programs in Massachusetts - Senior, WIC, and Steward coupons. For more information about eligibility to receive coupons (shoppers), or to become certified to accept coupons (farmers), please visit https://www.mass.gov/farmers-market-nutrition-program

The Seniors Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is designed to:

  • Provide low-income seniors with access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs.

  • Increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities through farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported agricultural programs.

  • Aid in the development of new and additional farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community support agricultural programs.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Steward Health Care Farmers Market Voucher Program: In 2012, Steward teamed up with the Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets to create the Steward Farmers Market Voucher Program. St. Elizabeth’s, along with eight other Steward hospitals across Massachusetts, worked with local farmers markets to develop a farmers market voucher program that would best provide nutritional information and vouchers for the purchase of healthy produce to their local communities. At St. Elizabeth's, diabetic patients from the St. Elizabeth's Medical Center's community receive vouchers to be used at local farmers markets to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Participants are enrolled through the St. Elizabeth's Diabetes Education Program, where they have one-on-one sessions with the diabetes center nurse and dietitian as well as group sessions that provide instruction in healthy eating and portion control. Participants’ health outcomes are monitored by the diabetes center to record improvements in health as a result of participation in the Steward Farmers Market Program. In addition, St. Elizabeth’s provided over $15,000 worth of vouchers to St. Mary’s Center for Women in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to help them develop their own voucher program.

Shoppers: Coupons are accepted at farmers markets until October 31, 2019.

Farmers: You should receive submission instructions and materials before the end of July. Any questions about the coupon programs, please reach out to Joe McIlwain, MFM Coupon Program Coordinators, at 781-893-8222 x 1003 or coupons@massfarmersmarkets.org

Rosa Hsu