According to a statement that was issued by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) on May 3, the LDAF aims to improve its Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) by adding additional vendors.
This information comes from the announcement. Beneficiaries of the WIC program and low-income seniors who are eligible for the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program receive financial assistance to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey (Senior FMNP only).
These are grown locally by farmers in Louisiana, and they are sold at LDAF-approved farmer’s markets and roadside stands throughout the state.
According to BRProud.com, this cash, in contrast to SNAP payments, cannot be utilized to purchase food at grocery stores. Farmers who raise products and take part in the program are the only ones who are allowed to use the funding from the program.
Farmers’ markets and roadside stands that have been vetted and approved will be listed in a directory that WIC recipients and low-income seniors can consult.
This will give vendors the opportunity to expand their customer base by expanding the range of options available to WIC recipients and low-income seniors.
Another change that has been made is that the program is transitioning to an electronic payment system that makes use of benefits cards with QR codes and an application for smartphones and tablets.
The Local Development and Agriculture Fund (LDAF) claims that the new method will function similarly to a debit card and will cut down on the amount of administrative labor as well as the amount of time needed to collect program monies.
According to the LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, “The modernization of the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program will result in less cost and greater efficiency as a result of the fact that the cards can be recharged each year and will provide for a rapid reimbursement system for the farmers.”
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“The modernization of the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program will result in less cost and greater efficiency as a result of the fact that the cards can be recharged each year
“I’m excited to see where the program will go with these enhancements,” added Commissioner Strain. “I’m happy to see where the program will go.”!
“The program provides a vital service to our older citizens and WIC clients, and we want to see it continue to serve these populations for many years to come,” said the spokesperson for the organization.
Farmers in Louisiana who are interested in participating in the program can be reached at 985-345-9483. Training will be provided in addition to the program’s certification, which can be obtained at no cost.