offers two state-administered federal nutrition programs providing sales
opportunities for farmers selling directly to consumers.
The Farm Direct
Nutrition Program (FDNP) distributes approximately $1 million dollars to the following:
- Seniors (identified by
Seniors & People with Disabilities Division as of April 1 each year)
- Families enrolled in
the WIC (Women Infants & Children) program
will receive these funds as $4 or $5 checks, specifically to purchase locally
produced fresh fruit and vegetables directly from authorized farmers at farm
stands and farmers markets from June 1 to October 31.
WIC also provides a
separate fruit and veggie voucher that allows WIC participants to purchase
fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables at authorized retailers or from
authorized farmers at a farm stand or farmers' markets. Approximately $8
million dollars worth of $5, $6, or $10 vouchers will be issued to WIC
participants annually. The vouchers are distributed year-round and each voucher
is valid for one month.
Eligible farmers must be authorized by the State before accepting checks or vouchers.
To accept Farm Direct
checks farmers must complete your application by October 1 and receive confirmation
of your authorization from the State by October 31.
Compare Farm Direct Checks with WIC Fruit & Veggie Vouchers
Farm Direct Nutrition Program Farmers Market and Farm Stand shopper directory
On-line directory of Farmers' Markets and Farm Stands with authorized farmers that accept checks and WIC vouchers. Website
Farm Direct Nutrition Program Guide
A training and reference guide for farmers on the Oregon Farm Direct Nutrition program - WIC fruit and veggie vouchers. Document
Oregon Health Authority
Senior participants contact Oregon Health Authority1-866-299-3562
WIC Fruit and Veggie Voucher Frequently Asked Questions
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) participants contact your local WIC clinic 1-800-723-3638