New Service Helps Needy People in PA Find Farm Fresh Food
New mobile app puts the information at your fingertips.
When you need to find something, if you're like most people, your mobile phone is the first place you go for information. The people in charge of programs that serve people in Pennsylvania who are at risk for going hungry know that. So it's why they're launching a new app to help people find easy access to affordable, healty, locally grown food.
It's the FMNP app . FMNP stands for Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. The new app helps people who qualify for the Women Infants and Children (WIC) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition programs find approved farmers markets across the state that accept state-issued vouchers for home-grown fruits and vegetables, said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding:
The app is available for free in the Apple App Store for iPhone and the Google Play Store for Android.
After you load it, you can enable your location services on the phone or manually enter a location (city, town, zip code) to find participating markets or farm stands near you. The app will show the market location, address, directions, phone number, and hours.
"Through the app, users have all the information they need in the palm of their hand, no matter where they are or where they travel throughout Pennsylvania," said Secretary Redding.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding (right) with farmer Jonathan Martin and his family at a market in Leesport, PA.
- Eligible seniors can contact their local Area Agency on Aging for information on the program and times and locations of voucher distributions.
- Women and children ages 1-4 who are participating in WIC are eligible to receive vouchers under the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program at their quarterly visits. Click here for more info on eligibility , and click here for guidelines on which food items qualify .
(Video & images: PA Internet News Service)