About WIC and FMNP

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

The New York State Farmers Market Nutrition Program is a federally funded and state administered program, created to provide fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables to WIC participants and low income seniors, and to expand the awareness and sales at farmers markets. FMNP provides $4 checks redeemable for fresh fruits and vegetables at all of our Greenmarket locations. In 2015, $2.58 million worth of FMNP checks were redeemed by Greenmarket producers.

Learn how to use FMNP at Greenmarkets.

Learn more about the FMNP

WIC Vegetable and Fruit Checks

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 women who are pregnant or have small children and are found to be at nutritional risk. To offer foods that are lower in fat, higher in fiber, and more culturally appropriate, there was a refinement to the WIC food package in 2009. One of the changes made was to offer more fruits and vegetables through monthly Vegetable and Fruit checks. These checks are distributed in increments of $8, $10, and $15. Checks can be used to purchase fresh, frozen and canned vegetables and fruits.

Since the summer of 2009 in New York State these checks can be redeemed for fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets. This represents a significant revenue stream for farmers and crucial resource for families, as in New York State alone there will be $33 million distributed annually compared to just over $5 million in FMNP.

Learn how to use WIC checks at Greenmarkets.

Learn more about the WIC Vegetable and Fruit Checks

This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York State's investment of $15 million in the construction of a new Greenmarket Regional Food Hub in the Bronx. The hub, which will be used by GrowNYC's Greenmarket Co. program, will be a state-of-the-art 120,000 square foot facility that will greatly increase New Yorkers' access to the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer.

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