What is Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program?

The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides seniors that have low incomes with eligible produce. Recipients of this program must complete an application to receive $5.00 voucher booklets, valued at a total of $50.00 USD. Vouchers can be redeemed at participating Farmers' Market vendors, in exchange for fresh fruits and vegetables.

From April to September 2018, nearly 6,000 seniors received more than 50,000 vouchers on Oahu and Kauai.

Vouchers for 2020 SFMNP must be redeemed before Sept. 30, 2020

Every year Hawaii Foodbank, in partnership with the State of Hawaii - Office of Community Services and the United States Department of Agriculture/Food and Nutrition Service, organize the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Applicants must be certified to participate each year. The number of vouchers are limited and given on a first-come, first-served basis.

See the links below for qualifications, application form and locations/schedule.

Application & Qualifications

Locations & Schedule

Deadline for Application

This program is seasonal, and it is very popular. Please submit your application as soon as possible as spaces are extremely limited. Most spaces fill up by May or June. Later applicants will be wait-listed.

Become a Participating Farmer

Hawaii Foodbank and the Hawaii State Office of Community Services (OCS) are proud to offer the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program from April 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020. Our goal is to provide seniors with fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables while supporting local Farmers’ Markets.  A great program that benefits both our seniors and you our local farmer!

To become a certified farmer for this program, you will need to:

  • Complete, sign, and return the following documents below:
  • Attend a brief informational meeting (we will schedule once we receive your documents) 
  • Provide, at minimum, 55% locally grown produce.

Once you are done completing your documents, please mail to the address below:

Oahu Farmers

Hawaii Foodbank
Attn: Jared Kawatani
2611 Kilihau Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
Kauai Farmers

Hawaii Foodbank Kauai
Attn: Michelle Panoke
4241 Hanahao Place, Ste. 101
Lihue, HI 96766

Seniors will begin redeeming their vouchers on April 1st. Farmers may participate on this first day of voucher distribution if you have completed the certification process outlined in the steps above.

We appreciate your partnership in providing our local seniors with fresh and nutritious produce. Please feel free to call Jared Kawatani at 954-7877, if you have any questions.

Non-discrimination Policy

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:
http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:  

1. mail: 
U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2. fax: (202) 690-7442 or

3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Questions about SFMNP? Contact Us.

Jared Kawatani, Community Program Coordinator
Email: jared@hawaiifoodbank.org 
(808) 954-7877