Farm Fresh for Seniors

Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program: Farm Fresh for Seniors

Concord,  NH  –  Starting in mid-July, the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), also called the NH Farm Fresh Delivery Program, will begin distributing  fresh  produce to more than 4,500 low-income seniors. Seniors are  enrolled  through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, or CSFP, at statewide  clinic sites in the State. CSFP is run by the Division of Public Health Services at the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Farm  Fresh  provides  seniors with a fresh, locally grown bundle of fruits and  vegetables  grown by more than 25 farmers in New Hampshire. The bundle has a value of about $18.00 and includes at least four different fruits and vegetables,  ranging from apples to zucchini. Fruits and vegetables will be distributed  to seniors through mid-September at more than 60 CSFP sites in New  Hampshire.  Seniors  will also receive recipe ideas and tips on how to prepare and store fresh fruits and vegetables.

CSFP  is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and currently reaches about  4,600 low-income seniors 60 years and older in New Hampshire. Income guidelines are up to:
$1,211 monthly for a senior living alone
$1,640 for a family of two seniors CSFP  provides  a  monthly food benefit that includes canned meats, fruits, vegetables,  cereal,  juice,  pasta, rice, and cheese, plus recipe ideas on how to use the foods in healthy recipes.

“Public  health  nutrition  programs  like  these provide healthy nutrition services  to  at-risk  low-income  seniors  who  may  have a difficult time finding  low-cost  nutritious  foods,”  said  Dr. José Montero, Director of Public  Health at DHHS. “By providing these foods and education to seniors, we  hope  to  prevent  the  onset  of  chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes.”

Seniors 60 years and older who meet the income guidelines are encouraged to call the  Healthy  Eating  and  Physical  Activity  Section  of  DHHS  at:

1-800-942-4321

to  learn how to apply for CSFP and SFMNP services in their community. CSFP and SFMNP are equal opportunity programs.

About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his fifth term. Rep. Smith currently represents Acworth, Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, and Washington. Rep. Smith is the Chairman of the Sullivan County Delegation.
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