MEDFORD, Ore. — More low-income seniors and nutritionally at-risk families enrolled in WIC will have more chances to purchase locally-produced fresh fruits and vegetables in Jackson County.
The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market announced that Jackson County received near quadruple increase in the amount of Farm Direct Nutrition Program (FDNP) coupons this summer, meaning practically 6,000 coupons will be issued by the end of season for circulation.
The FDNP coupons are pre-printed checks that are specifically designated to purchase locally-produced fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables. They are distributed to low-income seniors and families enrolled in WIC. According to Farmers Market Coalition, nationwide 1.9 million WIC mothers and 863,000 low-income seniors were able to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables directly from farmers in 2011 through the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs.
For more information, call the Rogue Valley Growers Market Business Manager, Lori Hopkinson, at 541-210-2763. You can also visit the Rogue Valley Farmers Market on Facebook and the web at rvgrowersmarket.com.