The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) returns this summer with the goal of adding fresh, nutritious products to the diets of low-income seniors and helping smallholders in South Carolina.

This USDA seasonal grant program enables qualified individuals to purchase unprocessed fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers markets, street stalls, and community-sponsored farming programs.

Participants will receive $ 25 in the form of five checks ($ 5 each) to be issued at authorized locations. Checks will be distributed based on availability.

To qualify, South Carolina residents must be 60 years of age or older and have an annual income of $ 23,832 or less ($ 32,232 for 2 people). You must have a valid driver’s license or state-issued ID.

SFMNP is not available to residents of Bamberg, Berkeley, Greenwood, and Laurens counties.

To apply, visit the DSS website ( and complete an online application between May 1st and June 1st.

A list of country-specific senior service organizations with contact information that can assist senior citizens with the online application process can be found on the DSS website.

The SFMNP is administered by the South Carolina Department of Social Services. For more information, contact Willie Nixon at (803) 898-1760 or email [email protected].