What is 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.
How does it work?
Please note: The SFDNP sign-up process has changed for 2015. In late April 2015, seniors will be notified by mail if they are eligible to participate in the program. Seniors who choose to participate in the program must sign and return the “Response Card” portion of the letter by the date indicated.
Since there is not enough funding to serve all eligible seniors who are interested in SFDNP participation, the State will randomly select from the Response Cards returned by the due date, up to the number of senior recipients allowed by available funding.
SFDNP Participants will receive $24 in Farm Direct Checks. These checks can be used to purchase fresh, locally grown produce at participating farm stands and farmers' markets.
The checks may be spent between June 1 and October 31 in the year the checks are received.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible for the program, seniors must meet ALL of the following criteria:
2015 Farm Direct Nutrition Program fact sheet
- Be at least 60 years old by April 1 of the current year;
- Be receiving either SNAP benefits or Medicaid on April 1 of the current year;
- Have income below 135% of the Federal Poverty Level in the current year;
- Be living in a situation where food is not provided for them, such as their own home or apartment.
DHS Healthy Aging and Nutrition resources