- Maternal and Family Health Services has announced the agency’s WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Nutrition Centers are distributing farmer’s market vouchers to WIC participants.
The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) helps families with nutritional needs buy fresh fruits and vegetables from Pennsylvania farmers. This helps ensure good health for mothers and children and helps support community farmers’ markets.
FMNP provides qualifying WIC participants with $20 in vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets between June 1 and Nov. 30. Pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, and children between the ages of two and five years old, are eligible.
WIC Nutrition staff distributes the vouchers to WIC participants along with nutrition education emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and a list of participating farmers’ markets in the area.
The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Across the Commonwealth, over 1,000 farmers benefit from the program.
Maternal and Family Health Services is a non-profit health and human service organization working to improve the health of Pennsylvania women and children by offering programs that prevent disease, promote wellness, and empower individuals to make healthy choices.
The agency offers the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program; Family Planning Program; Healthy Beginnings Plus Prenatal Program; the Nurse-Family Partnership Program and the Healthy Woman Cancer Screening Program in a 16-county area of Pennsylvania.
For more information, visit www.mfhs.org, or call 1-800-367-6347.