WIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for women, infants, and children. WIC helps families by providing checks for purchasing healthy supplemental foods. You can find the markets that accept your WIC benefits on the map above.
There are two food benefit programs supported by WIC and the other is supported by the Department of Food and Agriculture for seniors. All three may be spent at some farmers’ markets:
WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
FMNP is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and began in the 1990s to provide fresh, nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets to low-income families and seniors. Each eligible family receives $20 in vouchers to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs at WIC-approved farmers’ markets in California during the season, from May through November.
WIC Fruit & Vegetable Checks
In October 2009, WIC Food Benefits were changed to include produce items and the WIC Fruit & Vegetable check was introduced. Farmers at select farmers’ markets throughout the state are authorized to accept these checks.
The Farmers’ Market Finder can tell you which market accepts WIC FMNP, WIC Fruit and Veggie Checks and Senior FMNP or check with your local farmers’ market for details.