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July 11, 2013

Senior Nutrition Program

CONCORD —Starting in mid-July, the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), also called the NH Farm Fresh Delivery Program, will begin distributing fresh produce to more than 4,500 low-income seniors. Seniors are enrolled through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, or CSFP, at statewide clinic sites in New Hampshire. SFMNP and CSFP are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Nutrition Service. Community Action Program Belknap Merrimack Counties, Inc., administers SFMNP under a contract with the NH Department of Health and Human Services.

Farm Fresh provides seniors with a fresh, locally grown bundle of fruits and vegetables grown by 18 farmers in New Hampshire. The bundle has a value of about $18.00 and includes at least four different fruits and vegetables, ranging from apples to zucchini. Fruits and vegetables will be distributed to seniors through mid-September at more than sixty CSFP sites in New Hampshire. Seniors will also receive recipe ideas and tips on how to prepare and store fresh fruits and vegetables.

CSFP is administered by the Division of Public Health Services at the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and currently reaches about 4,500 low-income seniors 60 years and older in New Hampshire. Income guidelines are up to: $1,245 monthly for a senior living alone and $1,681 monthly for a family of two persons.

CSFP provides a monthly food benefit that includes canned meats, fruits, vegetables, cereal, juice, pasta, rice, and cheese, plus recipe ideas on how to use the foods in healthy recipes.

“Public health nutrition programs like these provide nutrition services to low-income seniors who may have a difficult time finding affordable fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Dr. Jose Thier Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS.

Seniors 60 years of age and older who meet the income guidelines are encouraged to call the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Section of DHHS at 1-800-942-4321 to learn how to apply for CSFP and SFMNP services in their community. For more information and healthy recipes, visit the NH DHHS website at www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/wic/csfp.htm or www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/healthyrecipescooking.htm.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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