Federal Nutrition Programs
Federal nutrition programs are funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and have shared goals of improving nutrition and health. Some also promote local food and agriculture, and MDFMA works to ensure that all of these programs are best utilized through Maryland's farmers markets.
The Eat Fresh Maryland Network was formed to expand the redemption of these benefits so as to increase access of low-income Maryland residents and revenue for local farmers.
The Network focuses on the following USDA programs, each of which is income-based:
- Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP – WIC and Seniors)
- Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Fruit and Vegetable Check Program (FVC)
- This program has transitioned to an electronic benefit (eWIC). To learn more, please visit our FAQ page on eWIC.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps)
Maryland Market Money is an incentive program that matches these programs to provide additional funding for low-income shoppers to purchase more at market, which also provides additional sales for local farmers.Support Our Work!