Arizona Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
- Saturday, March 1st, is the start of the new season for the Arizona Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (AzFMNP) and WIC participants will begin receiving their Farmers' Market checks to spend for fresh, locally grown, fruits and vegetables at approved farmers' markets.
- WIC participants in Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, Pima, and Yavapai counties will receive AzFMNP checks this year. In the cooler parts of Arizona, like Coconino and Yavapai counties, markets will open in the summer.
- WIC participants in all counties can also use their Cash Value Vouchers to buy fruits and vegetables at the approved Farmers' Markets.
WIC and Local Farmers' Markets
WIC and Local Farmers' Markets (Español)
The Arizona Farmer's Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is administered by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity. Funding for the program is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture and the State of Arizona.
What is the FMNP?
AZ FMNP is a program to increase fruit and vegetable intake for women and children who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and for seniors who participate in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). These women, children and seniors are eligible to receive FMNP coupons, with which they may purchase $30 worth of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets each year. The program objectives are as follows: to improve the nutrition of women, children and seniors by increasing their intake of fruits and vegetables; to increase local growers' share of food dollars spent in Arizona; and to keep food dollars in the local economy.
Where to get FMNP Coupons
FMNP Coupons are given to clients at participating WIC and CSFP sites. If you participate in one of these programs, contact your clinic and ask about FMNP coupons. For information about WIC and CSFP clinics near you, call 1-866-229-6561.
What may clients purchase with FMNP coupons?
FMNP Coupons may be used to purchase fresh, unprocessed, locally grown fruits and vegetables from FMNP Growers at FMNP Farmers' Markets. FMNP coupons may not be used for fruits and vegetables purchased by the grower for resale, for any prepared or processed foods, or for any non-fruit and vegetable items.
Where to spend FMNP farmers' market checks and WIC Cash Value Vouchers (CVVs)
Approved FMNP Markets in Arizona, by county:
- Cochise County [Español]
- Coconino [Español]
- Gila County [Español]
- Graham County (Bilingual)
- Maricopa County [Español]
- Pima County [Español]
- Santa Cruz County (Bilingual)
- Yavapai County [Español]
What is an Authorized Farmers' Market?
An Authorized Farmers' Market is a farmers' market that has attended training and entered into agreement with Arizona Department of Health Services to participate in the FMNP.
Authorized farmers' markets:
- Are located in close proximity to WIC and CSFP clinics.
- Have a regular and established schedule that is provided for clients.
- Have an on-site manager.
- Have established market rules that establish limits on re-sale of fresh produce, address health/sanitation issues and describe criteria for participation.
- Ensure that there are enough FMNP Growers during each market to serve FMNP clients.
- Maintain a list of FMNP Approved Growers participating in the market.
- Provide and/or promote nutrition education including benefits of eating fruits and vegetables.
- Assist with monitoring of Growers during scheduled market hours.
- Are familiar with FMNP rules and procedures and assist growers with compliance.
- Are monitored by the Arizona Department of Health Services or its representatives for compliance with program guidelines.
- Allow only Approved FMNP Growers to accept FMNP coupons.
- Provide information for the FMNP reports as requested.
- Ensure that all FMNP shoppers receive the same courtesies offered to other customers.
- Participate in annual training.
- Assist in recruiting growers for the program.
Who is an Approved Grower?
Any person who grows vegetables and/or fruits in Arizona and sells them directly to consumers may attend training and enter into Agreement with the Arizona Department of Health Services to be an FMNP Approved Grower. Once approved, a grower is able to accept FMNP coupons for payment at authorized farmers' markets, and deposit or cash the coupons through regular banking processes.
Farmers Market Nutrition Program Resources
- 2015 Mandatory Training Schedule
- Participant Guide
- Arizona FMNP Manual for Growers and Market Managers
- Arizona FMNP Local Agency Manual
- Arizona Senior FMNP Participant Acknowledgement Form
Arizona Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
Phone: (602) 542-1886
For information on FMNP enrollment for Seniors (ages 60 and above) in Maricopa County, St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance at (602) 343-3106.
Note: Information provided in PDF files, unless otherwise indicated.