What is the Senior Farm Direct Nutrition Program (SFDNP)?

The SFDNP, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides low-income, eligible seniors with checks that can be used to purchase fresh locally grown fruit, vegetables and cut herbs. The checks can only be used at approved farm stands and farmers' markets. The program is intended to improve nutrition for Oregon seniors and support local Oregon farmers.

The program is administered by the Oregon Health Authority in partnership with the Department of Human Services, and participation does not affect medical assistance or SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits.

How does it work?

In late April, seniors will be notified by mail if they are eligible to participate in the program. The letter will arrive in a yellow envelope, and seniors who choose to participate  must sign and return the Response From portion of the letter by the date indicated.

If more responses are received than funding allows, Oregon Health Authority will randomly select recipients from the responses received.

SFDNP Participants will receive $24 in Farm Direct Checks. These checks are used to purchase locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables and cut herbs from participating farmers at farmers markets and farm stands from June to November.

Seniors may have someone else shop for them using their checks.

Contact local markets and farm stands to learn more about new health and safety measures for the 2020 season.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the program, seniors must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Be at least 62 years old by April 1 of the current year;
  • Be receiving either SNAP benefits and/or Medicaid on April 1 of the current year;
  • Have income below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level in the current year;
  • Be living in a situation where food is not provided for them

2020 Farm Direct Nutrition Program Fact Sheet​

Contact information

Farm Direct Nutrition Program - 1-866-299-3562

 (toll free) ​​