Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Kansas Senior Farmers Market

Nutrition Program

Due to safety concerns and administrative capacity stemming from COVID-19, the start date for the Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is now July 1,, 2020. Local agencies will distribute to eligible seniors the $35 worth of farmers market checks and seniors will still be able to use their checks until November 1, 2020. You may direct questions by email to Warren.hays@ks.gov or Mende.barnett@ks.gov. We appreciate your understanding as we adjust to meet the needs of the program and continue to support farmers and seniors during this unprecedented time.

The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (KSFMNP) is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. The program provides a once annual benefit to low-income seniors to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and honey from certified farmers at Farmers Markets in Kansas.

Program Goals

  1. Provide resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from farmers markets, roadside stands, and CSA programs to low income seniors;
  2. Increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, and CSA programs; and,
  3. Develop or aid in the development of new and additional farmers markets, roadside stands, and CSA programs.

The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is available in these Counties:

Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Barton
Bourbon, Brown, Butler, Chase, Cherokee
Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Cowley
Crawford, Dickinson, Douglas
Doniphan, Ellsworth, Finney
Franklin, Geary, Harvey, Jewell
Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson
Labette, Lincoln, Linn
Leavenworth, Lyon, Marion
Marshall, McPherson, Miami
Mitchell, Morris, Nemaha
Neosho, Osage, Ottawa
Pottawatomie, Reno, Republic
Rice, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick
Shawnee, Stafford, Sumner
Wabaunsee, Washington, Wyandotte

These are the counties where certified farmers are accepting checks at farmers markets and where local agencies are distributing benefits.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.