The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP) was established by Congress in 1992, to provide fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables to WIC participants, and to expand the awareness, use of, and sales of locally grown fruit and vegetables at farmers markets. 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 WIC FMNP. The FMNP was designed to introduce new families to farmers markets while reinvesting federal dollars into local economies by offering additional revenue for small farmers.
In 2016, 10,783 pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children participated in the WIC program in the state of Wyoming. Implementing WIC FMNP in Wyoming would provide WIC families with the opportunity to purchase fresh produce directly from local farmers at community farmers markets, which in turn, would create a true win-win situation for all involved - not only would it encourage WIC families to consume more nutritious and locally grown fruits and vegetables, but also create new revenue streams for Wyoming farmers.
The Wyoming Department of Family Services allows farmers markets to accept SNAP benefits and across the state, 11 farmers markets are authorized by the USDA to participate in the Farmers Market SNAP program. Wyoming farmers markets that welcome SNAP customers have reported increased customer attendance and increased sales, and these positive impacts could be magnified even more by allowing farmers markets to accept WIC benefits.
The organizations and individuals who support this proposal are encouraged to sign our form through the link below. Those who sign are committed to working with their local Department of Health, WIC offices and their local farmers markets, to find creative and cost-effective ways to successfully implement WIC FMNP and reduce the administrative burden of program coordination to the extent feasibly possible.
Thank you for considering our request to expand access to Wyoming grown produce to WIC recipients and grow our state’s local food economy. Please sign on by 5:00 pm Friday, January 12.http://bit.ly/WYFarmersMarketWIC