The purpose of the Kentucky Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is to gain market access for farmers as well as improving nutrition of low income families by providing them better access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Funding for Kentucky’s program comes from federal and state resources.

Low-income seniors are provided with checks to purchase fresh, unprocessed, locally grown fruits, honey, vegetables and herbs at Sstate-approved farmers’ markets.

To be eligible to receive this benefit you must be 60 years or older on the day the checks are issued and you must meet the federal poverty income guidelines.

Senior participants will self declare their income which is less than or equal to 185% of the poverty level.

For example: If your household is one person, your annual income should be $23,828 or $1,986 a month or $459 a week. If you household has four people, your annual income should be $49,626 or $4,086 a month or $943 a week. An exact chart is available at:

A variety of Kentucky-grown foods are available for purchase with SFMNP coupons. Fruits and vegetables must be fresh and in their raw form. Now eligible: honey, apples, beans, cabbage, grapes, greens, blueberries, lettuce, melons, onions, strawberries and corn. Herbs eligible include: basil, chives, cilantro, dill, garlic, mint, rosemary, sage and thyme. For a full list, visit:

Only fresh, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, and fresh-cut herbs may be provided under this program.

For more information on participating Farmers Market locations and participating Distribution Agencies in your counties please visit:

Or call, the Lexington Senior Center at 859-278-6072; the Amen House in Scott County at 502-863-5305 or the Woodford Co. Senior Center, Bluegrass Community Action Partnership at 859-873-8384.