Farm To Family coupons help you buy locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers' markets.
Farm to Family is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). About one in four Vermonters qualifies for coupons.
Who is eligible?
- Families enrolled in the Vermont Department of Health’s WIC Program.
- Other individuals or families with household incomes at or below 185% of the federal poverty limit. Income limits are updated each spring. For example, the limits for the 2016 farmers' market season are $1,815 a month for a single person, $2,457 for a couple, and $3,739 for a family of four.
- Some of the coupons are reserved for income-eligible households that include someone aged 60 or older.
When can I apply?
The application process begins in late June of each year. Coupons are provided at the time of application. Distribution is on a first come, first served basis until all the coupons are gone. Apply early! Some offices run out quickly. Coupons are valid for one market season. They expire on October 31st each year.
How do I apply?
Families with a WIC participant over six months old:
Apply at special Farm To Family sessions held by your local District Health Office. Get the program schedule in the June WIC Newsletter or by calling your District Health Office or 1-800-464-4343 (extension 7333).
Apply through your local Community Action Agency. Call them in mid-June to find out when and where the coupons will be distributed.
What can I get?
You can get $30 in coupons as well as tips about shopping at farmers’ markets and selecting fresh produce.
Read 2016 Information for Coupon Shoppers for information about program rules, tips about shopping for fresh produce and more.
Other Food Help
- Crop Cash (doubles 3SquaresVT benefits at farmers' markets)
- Healthy in a Snap (resources to help you eat more fruits and veggies every day)
- Vermont Farm Share (help buying fruits & veggies from local farmers)
- Vermont Foodbank - Food Shelves (food shelves near you)
- WIC in Vermont (nutritious foods for pregnant women, new moms, infants, and young children)
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