WIC/Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
Alaska’s farmers grow some of the best produce in the country. Fresh fruits and vegetables are an essential part of good nutrition. The Alaska Farmers Market program introduces WIC participants and eligible seniors to produce grown in Alaska. Through this program, participants are issued coupons that they can exchange for Alaska-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs at local Farmers Markets and farm stands. The program helps Alaska’s economy by bringing new customers to Alaskan farmers who sell their products directly to consumers. The USDA and the State of Alaska fund this program.
Learn more by visiting the state of Alaska website.
Market Managers: Are you looking for information on how to participate in the WIC (Women, Infants & Children) and Senior Farmers Market Programs?
Contact Erin Fahsholtz at Health and Social Services in Juneau, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
SNAP/WIC/Senior Nutrition Programs
Information on MarketLink’s Free SNAP/EBT Equipment Program for farmers markets and direct-marketing farmers. The webinar recording below was presented by MarketLink, the Alaska Farmers Market Association, Alaska Farm Bureau, and Alaska Food Policy Council and includes information on:
- What you will need to complete an FNS application and become a SNAP-authorized retailer
- Tips and tricks for completing this application
- Details of MarketLink’s free SNAP/EBT equipment program
- And will conclude with plenty of time for questions and discussion.
For additional information, see the MarketLink Handbook.
Alaska Farmers’ Market Quest Card Program
All Alaskans should have access to fresh, healthy, local foods. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Department of Natural Resources are working together to help farmers’ markets with the ability to accept Quest cards. Alaska Quest cards have Food Stamps (now called SNAP in most states) and TANF (also called “cash”) benefits. Both of these can be used at markets participating in the Alaska Farmers’ Market – Quest Card Program.
- Visit the Alaska Farmers’ Market-Quest Card Program website for more information about the program.
- For more information for how to sign up for Food Stamps and/or a Quest Card visit the Alaska Food Stamps Website.
- FMC’s Comprehensive SNAP Guide for Farmers Markets
- Visit our Grants and Funding Opportunities page to learn more about how we can help your market get started with a redemption program.
Need SNAP EBT Equipment?
- State of Alaska Contact: