Oregon Farm Direct Nutrition Program
(Seniors and WIC) and WIC Fruit & Veggie Vouchers
The Oregons Farm Direct Nutrition Program (FDNP) is a state-administered USDA nutrition program that will bring over one million dollars to Oregon farmers in 2011. FDNP funds take the form of pre-printed checks and go to nutritionally at-risk young families enrolled in the WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program, and to eligible low-income seniors.
FDNP recipients will receive green $4 checks to spend directly with authorized farmers who sell their own produce at farm stands and farmers’ markets. (See below for a picture of the check.)
FDNP checks are specifically for locally-produced fresh, unprocessed fruit and vegetables. The FDNP checks are good from June 1st through October 31st of the current year.
FDNP check (for Senior and WIC recipients)
Read the 2011 Oregon Farm Direct Nutrition Program fact sheet which includes information about the Senior component of the Farm Direct Nutrition Program.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program Fruit & Veggie Voucher
|The Oregon WIC Fruit & Veggie voucher is a monthly benefit that is given to all women and children enrolled in the Oregon WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program. WIC is a USDA public health program designed to improve health outcomes and influence lifetime nutrition and health behaviors for nutritionally at-risk young families.|
WIC Fruit & Veggie Vouchers come in $5, $6 and $10 denominations. (See below for a picture of the voucher.)
WIC recipients may spend their vouchers on fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, year-round, with authorized farmers at farm stands and farmers’ markets. (WIC-authorized grocery stores also accept WIC Fruit & Veggie vouchers.) Potential WIC Fruit & Veggie voucher sales total approximately $8.6 million per year for Oregon.
WIC fruit & veggie voucher (for WIC women and children
View a table that compares the FDNP check with the WIC Fruit & Veggie voucher.
View a farmer information flyer about the FDNP checks and WIC Fruit & Veggie vouchers that may be distributed at your farmers’ market’s annual vendor meeting.
2011 Update for Farmers
If you were authorized last year to accept the green FDNP checks or the blue Oregon WIC Fruit & Veggie vouchers: Look out for a packet in the mail from the Oregon Department of Agriculture, starting March 1!
If you are new to the FDNP checks or the WIC Fruit & Veggie vouchers:
All authorized farm stands and FDNP-designated farmers’ markets will be listed on the Oregon Department of Agriculture website. The State will use data current as of March 31, 2011 to print shopper directories. Authorized farmers are encouraged to advertise or post flyers in your own community to assist WIC and Senior shoppers, in addition to displaying your program sign(s).
Stay tuned for the 2012 update!
WIC Clinics click here
Farmers Market eligibility and WIC check distribution:
Maria Menor, Oregon FDNP Coordinator
Phone (971) 673-0056
Oregon Department of Agriculture
Phone (503) 872-6600
Women, Infants and Children
If you have questions regarding WIC participation,
please call your local WIC clinic or 1-800-SAFENET.
Senior eligibility and check distribution
Oregon Department of Agriculture
Farm Direct Nutrition Program