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Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

NWICA is pleased to announce its participation in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs for the 2018 season.

NWICA's Senior Nutrition Program will begin the distribution of checks on July 2018. Check back here for more details!!

The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program SFMNP provides access to Indiana home-grown fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers. NWICA, in partnership with the Indiana State Health Department, will host the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program in Lake, Porter, Starke, Pulaski, Jasper, and Newton counties again this year. The program typically provides $20 in checks for individuals 60 years or older to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from participating local farmers markets and food stands. The last day to redeem the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks is typically in October.

why is it important to eat fruit and veg
The health benefits of consuming fresh produce, the social interaction provided at the market, and the financial savings makes this a highly desired program for both our clients and area farmers. NWICA's objective is to continue to promote domestic consumption of agricultural fruits and vegetables. This results in good health and longevity for the clients we serve.

• 60 years or older at the time of application OR a designated disabled person enrolled at select Area Agency on Aging Programs in Indiana.
• Proof of Indiana Residency (Driver’s License or State Identification)
• Proof of Household Income not more than 185% of the Annual Poverty Income Guidelines. 2017 Guidelines are as follows: 1 person household=$1,860/month; 2 person=$2,504/month; 3 person=$3,149/month. *No income verification is required if applicant shows documentation of current participation in TANF/Food Stamps at the time of application.

SFMNP Distribution Site Locations:
*Obtain (4) $5.00 checks at the following locations and times

Jasper County Community Services, 967 E Leopold St. Rensselaer, IN

Pulaski County Human Services, 115 West Pearl St. Winamac, IN

Generations Senior Center, 10448 N 450 E Demotte, IN

Community Services of Starke County, 311 E. Culver Road Knox, IN

YWCA, 150 W. 15th Ave., Gary, IN

Bonner Senior Center, 5800 Lexington Ave. Portage, IN

Roxana Senior Center, 900 Shell Street, East Chicago, IN
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM CST

Banta Senior Center, 605 Beech Street, Valparaiso, IN

Remus Farms, 9380 E. Ridge Rd., Hobart, IN

Mt. Zion Pleasantview Plaza, 940 Kenwood Street, Hammond, IN

Hammond Elderly Apartments, 5111 Sohl Ave., Hammond, IN

Scheeringa’s Farm, 9436 Cline Ave., Highland, IN

Checks Can Be Used at Approved Markets:
Scheeringa’s Farm, 9436 Cline Avenue, Highland, IN
Mondays-Fridays 8am – 6pm Saturdays 8am – 5pm

Zanstra’s Greenhouse, 10202 Kennedy Ave. Highland, IN
Saturdays 8am – 1pm

Miller Beach Farmers Market, 667 S Lake Street, Gary, IN
Sundays 10am - 3pm