Farmers' market season is here! New this season: mobile payment options for WIC participants. Now WIC participants who receive farmers' market benefits can purchase fruits, vegetables, and cooking herbs using a mobile app or a shopper card at South Carolina farmers' markets.
How Does the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Work?
During the summer months, select public health departments participate in the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). Women and children who are certified to receive WIC are eligible to participate, but due to limited funding, not all eligible WIC participants will receive FMNP benefits.
In addition to the monthly benefits, WIC participants will receive $25 in benefits to purchase South Carolina grown, unprocessed fresh fruits, vegetables, and cooking herbs at approved local farmers' markets and farm stands.
What Can I Buy? Approved Fresh Produce:
- Chinese Cabbage
- Collard Greens
- Mustard Greens
- Swiss Chard
- Tender Greens
- Turnip Greens
- Casaba Melons
- Honey Dew Melons
Where Can I Receive WIC Farmers' Market Benefits?
Not all health departments participate in the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. Below is a list of 2023 issuing sites.