Maryland Hunger Solutions has developed a wonderful suite of materials to help market managers and others understand the federal benefits programs at farmers markets. This is the first of these, and it is focused on the benefits available to Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program participants.
More information on the WIC program in Maryland – including who qualifies and how to sign up – can be found here: Maryland WIC.
This cheat sheet has comparative information on the following benefit programs that WIC participants can use at market:
- Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks
- Fruit & Vegetable (FVC) checks
- Incentive program coupons (in this case, Baltimore Bucks)
There is also an informative graphic explaining how the Baltimore Bucks program is going to work at Baltimore markets this summer. The launch of this year’s incentives will take place this coming Saturday – May 12th – at the 32nd Street/ Waverly farmers market.