Shawano

WHAT IS THE SENIOR FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM?

The Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) provides food and nutrition information to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children under five years of age healthy and strong. For more information on the Shawano County WIC program, click here.

For WIC Users - How does the Farmers Market program work? Find out here.

WHAT IS EBT?

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program offers eligible low-income seniors the opportunity to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from certified farmers by providing $25 in vouchers per household - typically distributed in June of each year.

The goals of the Senior FMNP are to provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers’ markets and roadside stands to low income seniors, and to increase the consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of farmers’ markets and roadside stands. Participants must be Shawano County residents, 60 or older, or Native American 55 or older, and have a monthly household income of $1,815* or less for one person or $2,456* for two people.   *2015 Income Limits

How Do I Get These Vouchers?
Vouchers will also be available at the Wittenberg Senior Center, 715-253-2421, 208 West Vinal St, Wittenberg; the Shawano Civic Center, 715-526-9311, 225 S. Main St, Shawano; and at the Shawano County Aging & Disability Resource Center, 715-526-4687, 607 E. Elizabeth St., Shawano after the distribution is done at the sites below if there are vouchers still available. Please call ahead to check availability. The number of vouchers is limited, so they will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Applicants may be required to provide proof of age and household income. Vouchers expire October 31 in the year they are issued.

How Do I Get Vouchers If I Can’t Come to a Distribution Site?
If you are homebound, or unable to get to a distribution site due to a disability, you may send a signed statement with your authorized representative stating this person has been designated to apply for certification on your behalf or request a standard proxy form from the Shawano County Aging and Disability Resource Center. Your representative may be required to provide your proof of age and your income.

How Do I Get More Information?
Contact Shawano County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 715-526-4687 or toll free within Shawano County at 1-866-526-2130 and ask to speak to Holly Konitzer. The program has a limited amount of benefits available, which are typically distributed in June of each year.

* In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6383 (TTY).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

WHAT IS WIC?

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that allows a FoodShare recipient to authorize the transfer of their government benefits from a Federal account to a retailer account to pay for food.

In order to create a healthy food environment all residents should have access to fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets. Thanks to funds from our generous donors, and collaboration with UW-Extension, WIC and many more, an infrastructure to accept FoodShare benefits through the use of an EBT machine is in place at the Shawano Farmers Market.




Do you receive FoodShare benefits or are you a vendor who sells at a farmers' market? If so, here are some helpful resources on how customers can use their Wisconsin Quest Card to receive tokens to purchase local goods from vendors.

For Vendors - Why accept EBT tokens? Find out here.


For EBT/Foodshare Users - How does the EBT program work? Find out here.