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Help us Restore $500,000 for the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs... it's good for our kids, our farmers and our local economy.
Background: The WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs are small public investments with huge benefits. These programs enable low income seniors and moms with small kids to receive up to $40/summer to purchase healthy, fresh Washington grown produce at farmers markets and roadside stands. Currently WA State contributes only $100,000 of general funds to support the WIC FMNP which leverages over $900,000/year of federal funds. State Funds have been significantly cut over the past years. In 2012, after severe budget cuts, the programs were only able to serve 37,000 low income seniors, new moms and kids, even though there are over 170,000 eligible.
Restoring $500,000 would:
Allow 18,000 more seniors, new moms and kids a chance to buy fresh Washington grown fruits and vegetables directly from our local farmers!
Support over 560 Washington farmers who want their produce to be available to all Washington residents!
Help strengthen over 120 farmers markets & 60 farm stores in 35 counties!
We are collecting endorsements from farms, organizations, businesses that support FMNPs to use for outreach to legislators. Check out our current flyer. If you want your farm, business or organization to be added to this list please click here to endorse.
FMNPs supports our farmers and our agriculture economy:
- FMNPs improve the economic viability of our farms, which creates new ag sector jobs.
- FMNP funds are not a hand out, but are dollars infused into our local economy to buy fresh fruits and vegetables directly from farmers. These dollars help grow small businesses in Washington.
- Brings $900,000 of federal dollars into our state which helps keep farmers farming.
- Over 560 farmers across the state earn an extra $1.1 million form FMNPs.
- keeps our dollars home- Every $100 spent at farmers market, $62 is reinvested locally, $99 stays in state. (Sustainable Seattle, Local Food Economy Study, 2006)
FMNPs are effective food assistance programs that promote health:
- Low-income seniors, new moms and young kids are able to supplement their families’ food budget and eat healthy, fresh WA grown produce. Only 20% of the income eligible citizens are able to benefit.
- DOH provides administrative support for WIC FMNP and also, through shared efficiencies with DSHS, for Senior FMNP, ensuring that more funds will go directly to program participants and farmers.
Restoring $500,000 would:
- allow 18,000 more seniors, moms and young children a chance to purchase fresh Washington grown fruits and vegetables.
- Support 560 farmers who want their produce to be available to all residents.
- Help strengthen over 120 farmers markets and 60 farm stands in 35 counties.
Please add your farm or organization to the growing list of endorsements. Click here to endorse online. Thanks!