WIC goes to the farmers market
Fresh fruits and vegetables — particularly locally grown produce found at farmers’ markets throughout the region — can seem too expensive or out of reach to low-income families, especially those receiving benefits from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
But eating a nutritious diet is important for young children as they grow, as well as pregnant or breastfeeding moms.
That’s why, in 1992, the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) was created to help provide fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables to WIC participants, and to expand the awareness, sales and use of them at farmers’ markets.
Mary Bridge WIC Nutrition Services is excited to once again be participating in the program.
WIC FMNP gets our families to the market, connects them directly with the farmers and gets children involved with making choices about their foods. A wide variety of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs may be purchased with FMNP coupons.
“I’d never been to a farmers market before using FMNP coupons,” says one local WIC client, a mom of one. “Now I attend the farmers market regularly.”
In 2015 Mary Bridge WIC clients redeemed over $20,000 in WIC FMNP coupons at farmers markets throughout Pierce County, simultaneously helping families make healthier food choices and supporting the area’s local farmers.
Anyone eligible to receive WIC benefits is able to use the WIC FMNP coupons. Active Mary Bridge WIC clients should call their WIC clinic to find out the date/time FMNP coupons will be handed out at Pierce County farmers markets throughout the month of July.
WIC FMNP coupons can be redeemed around Western Washington at several locations.
Mary Bridge WIC Nutrition Services serves 11,740 clients monthly across 11 locations in Pierce County. Almost half of all babies in our state are on WIC. You are eligible for WIC if you meet the following criteria:
- Live in Washington state
- Are pregnant, a new mother or a child under five years of age
- Meet the income guidelines
If you meet these criteria and you need assistance, we can help. Find a location near you and apply by phone today.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Washington State WIC Nutrition Program doesn’t discriminate.
About The Author
Joanna Patraw, RD, CD, IBCLC, is a nutritionist and clinical dietitian with MultiCare’s Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Services program. She is committed to helping families make informed decisions that support their health.More stories by this author