WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

The dual purposes of the WIC Farmers? Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) are: (1) To provide resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared foods (fruits and vegetables) from farmers? markets to women, infants, and children who are nutritionally at risk and who are participating in the Special Supplemental
Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or are on the waiting list for the WIC Program; and (2) To expand the awareness, use of and sales at farmers? markets.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: 49 State agencies, U.S.

Territories and federally recognized Indian Tribal Organizations.

Fiscal Year 2017: 49 State agencies, U.S.

Territories and federally recognized Indian Tribal Organizations.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.


Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

https://www.fns.usda.gov/fns-regional-offices.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Indiana State Department Of Health $ 192,558   2018-10-012020-09-30
Indiana State Department Of Health $ 39,440   2018-10-012020-09-30
Health, New Jersey Department Of $ 852,094   2018-10-012019-09-30
Agriculture, Pennsylvania Department Of $ 1,662,684   2018-10-012019-09-30
Public Health, Georgia Department Of $ 1,148,464   2018-10-012019-09-30
Agricultural Svcs And Development Admin $ 1,253,433   2018-10-012019-09-30
Agriculture And Forestry, Louisiana Department Of $ 1,742   2018-10-012019-09-30
Pueblo Of San Felipe $ 1,473   2018-10-012019-09-30
Health And Human Resources, West Virginia Department Of $ 0   2018-10-012019-09-30
Agriculture & Markets, New York Department Of $ 3,135,567   2018-10-012019-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 1.65 Million Participants, 18,225 Farmers, 3,239 Farmers? Markets, 2,433 Roadside Stands. Fiscal Year 2017: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The FMNP is administered through a federal/State partnership in which the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) awards cash grants to States, U. S. Territories and federally recognized Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) to provide low-income women, infants and children with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers? markets, and roadside stands.

As a prerequisite to receiving federal funds for the FMNP, each applying or participating State agency must submit a State Plan of Operations describing the manner in which the State agency intends to implement, operate and administer all aspects of the FMNP within its jurisdiction.

Congress provides funds for the FMNP.

Federal funds support 100 percent of the food costs of the program.

Federal funds also support 70 percent of the administrative cost of the program.

States operating the FMNP must match the federal administrative funds allocated to them for administrative costs by contributing at least 30 percent of the administrative cost of the program.

A State agency?s administrative costs under the FMNP may not exceed 17 percent of its total FMNP costs.

ITOs may provide a lower match, but not less than 10 percent of the administrative cost of the program.

The matching funds can come from a variety of sources, such as State or local funds, private funds, similar programs, or program income.

Federal FMNP benefits (coupons) may be issued only to participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or to persons who are on a waiting list to receive WIC benefits.

These coupons can be used to buy eligible foods from farmers, farmers' markets or roadside stands that have been approved by the State agency to accept FMNP coupons.

The federal FMNP benefit level, whether a household or individual, may not be less than $10 and no more than $30 per year, per recipient.

However, State agencies may supplement the federal benefit level with State, local or private funds.

Congress provides funds for the FMNP.

Federal funds support 100 percent of the food costs of the program.

Federal funds also support 70 percent of the administrative cost of the program.

States operating the FMNP must match the federal administrative funds allocated to them for administrative costs by contributing at least 30 percent of the administrative cost of the program.

A State agency?s administrative costs under the FMNP may not exceed 17 percent of its total FMNP costs.

ITOs may provide a lower match, but not less than 10 percent of the administrative cost of the program.

The matching funds can come from a variety of sources, such as State or local funds, private funds, similar programs, or program income.

Federal FMNP benefits (coupons) may be issued only to participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or to persons who are on a waiting list to receive WIC benefits.

These coupons can be used to buy eligible foods from farmers, farmers' markets or roadside stands that have been approved by the State agency to accept FMNP coupons.

The federal FMNP benefit level, whether a household or individual, may not be less than $10 and no more than $30 per year, per recipient.

However, State agencies may supplement the federal benefit level with State, local or private funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Each State agency desiring to administer the FMNP shall annually submit a State Plan of Operations and enter into a written agreement with FNS for administration of the Program in the jurisdiction of the State agency.

New State agencies are selected based on the availability of funds, after base grants, for currently participating State agencies.

Local FMNP agencies are selected by participating State agencies based on concentration of eligible WIC participants and access to farmers' markets.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Women, infants (over 4 months old) and children that have been certified to receive WIC program benefits, or who are on a waiting list for WIC certification, are eligible to participate in the FMNP. State agencies may serve some or all of these categories.

Credentials/Documentation

A signed Federal/State Agreement (FNS-339) is necessary before funds can be allocated to a participating FMNP State agency. Costs will be determined in accordance with FNS guidelines and instructions. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Application is made through submission of a State Plan of Operations as required by law.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The State agency is responsible for the fiscal management of, and accountability for, FMNP-related activities for farmers, farmers? markets and roadside stands. Each State agency may decide whether to authorize farmers individually, farmers? markets, roadside stands, or all of the above. All contracts or agreements entered into by the State agency for the management or operation of farmers, farmers? markets and roadside stands shall conform with the requirements of 7 CFR part 3016, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments. Only farmers, farmers? markets and roadside stands authorized by the State agency may redeem FMNP coupons. Only farmers authorized by the State agency or that have a valid agreement with an authorized farmers? market may redeem coupons. The State agency contacts the farmer/farmers' market to inform them of qualification. Individual participants apply for FMNP benefits at approved local WIC agencies.

Award Procedures

Funds are awarded by the Department on the basis of funding formulas to State agencies. If the available funds are insufficient to meet the base grant levels for current FMNP grantees, a pro-rata reduction will be applied to the grant levels awarded to all participating FMNP State agencies. If additional funds become available for the FMNP, such funds would first be distributed evenly among the current grantees to make whole their base grants for that fiscal year. Grant payments are made by a letter of credit.

Deadlines

Nov 15, 2017 By November 15 of each year, each applying or participating State agency shall submit to FNS for approval a State Plan of Operations for the following year as a prerequisite to receiving federal funds.

Authorization

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Pub. L. No. 111-296, § 424,124 Stat. 3260; Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, § 17(m)(1), 42 U.S.C. 1786.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

FNS will provide written approval or denial of a completed State Plan of Operations or amendment within 30 days. As required by law (at Section 1786(m)(6)(A) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended), the Secretary must inform each FMNP State agency of the award of funds by February 15 of each year.

Appeals

All decisions by the FNS are final.

Renewals

This Program is authorized beginning October 1 of any calendar year and ending September 30 of the following calendar year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Statutory Formula: Statutory formula can be found at Section 17(m)(3) of the Child Nutrition Act. As a prerequisite to the receipt of Federal funds, a State agency must agree to contribute program income or State, local or private funds equal to at least 30 percent of its administrative program cost. Provided that sufficient funds are available, each current State agency will be funded at its most recent year's level. Remaining funds are divided between current States for expansion and new States, based on a 75 to 25 percent ratio, respectively. Matching Requirements: Percent: 30%. As a prerequisite to the receipt of Federal funds, a State agency must agree to contribute program income or State, local or private funds equal to at least 30 percent of its administrative program cost. Indian Tribal Organizations may provide a negotiated match contribution that is less than 30 percent but not less than 10 percent. State contributions for similar programs may satisfy the State matching requirement. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

FMNP funds are provided using Federal Reserve Bank letters of credit and end on November 30 of each year. State agencies may withdraw funds only as needed. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

State agencies shall submit financial and FMNP performance data on a yearly basis as specified by FNS and required by section 17(m)(8) of the CNA.

Such information shall include, but shall not be limited to: (1) Number and type of recipients (Federal and non-Federal).

(2) Value of coupons issued.

(3) Value of coupons redeemed.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Each State agency shall maintain full and complete records concerning FMNP operations. Such records shall comply with 7 CFR part 3016 and the following requirements: (1) Records shall include, but not be limited to, information pertaining to financial operations, FMNP coupon issuance and redemption, equipment purchases and inventory, nutrition education, and civil rights procedures. (2) All records shall be retained for a minimum of 3 years following the date of submission of the final expenditure report for the period to which the report pertains.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-3510-0-1-605.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $18,548,000; FY 17 est $18,584,000; and FY 18 est $0 - To be determined,.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 2016 grants ranged from $6,337 to $3,621,574.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

7 CFR Part 248, 7 CFR Part 3016, 7 CFR Part 3017, 7 CFR Part 3018

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. https://www.fns.usda.gov/fns-regional-offices.

Headquarters Office

Sarah Widor, Director, Supplemental Food Programs 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Sarah.Widor@fns.usda.gov Phone: (703) 305-2729 Fax: (703) 305-2196

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.



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