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$8.5 million for New Yorkers to buy local fruits and vegetables

Staff Writer |
Farmers' Market Nutrition Program benefits are now available for eligible families and seniors across New York.

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The program provides checks to be redeemed at participating farmers' markets and farm stands now through the end of November for the purchase of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

In addition, eligible New Yorkers can use their checks at even more farm stands this year.

The number of farm stands participating in the program has nearly doubled in two years, from 40 in 2015 to 77 so far this year.

A total of $6 million in FMNP benefits are available to families through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

Approximately 250,000 booklets consisting of six $4.00 checks, or a total of $24, will be distributed this year, allowing for the purchase of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables from over 900 farmers vending at over 600 farmers' markets and farm stands across the state.

Checks are available to eligible families at nearly 400 sites across New York State and at WIC clinic locations.

A pocket folder with instructions on how and where to use the checks to purchase fresh, local fruits and vegetables from farmers at the market will be included with each booklet.

Checks can be used at participating farmers' markets and farm stands through November 30 of this year.

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