We collaborate with community organizations and BCAFM member farmers’ markets to provide farmers’ market coupons to lower-income families and seniors.
The coupon program is supported by the Province of British Columbia and the Provincial Health Services Authority. We also acknowledge community donors for their generous support.
The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program (FMNCP) is a healthy eating initiative that supports farmers’ markets and strengthens food security across British Columbia. Community partner organizations provide coupons to lower-income families and seniors participating in their food literacy programs. Coupons can be spent at all BCAFM member farmers’ markets that participate in the FMNCP, and can be used to purchase vegetables, fruits, nuts, eggs, dairy, cut herbs, meat and fish. Each household enrolled in the program is eligible to receive a minimum of $21/week in coupons.
The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program began in 2007 as a pilot project operating in each of the five health regions of BC. The Ministry of Health began funding the program in 2012. Since then, the program has continued to grow, and now serves over 65 communities and reaches over 4000 households in BC.
Q. Why farmers’ markets?
Farmers’ Markets are a central part of any community in B.C. By giving people access to a farmers’ market, we are not only providing fresh, local produce to the people, we are also supporting local growers within the community.
Q. How do I get coupons?
To find out more about how to get coupons, please head to our Where It Operates page to find your community partner.
Q. I am a market manager, how do I get coupons for my market?
Please go to our BC Farmers’ Markets page to find out how to participate.
Q. I work for a community organisation that serves low-income British Columbians. How can I get coupons for them?
Please go to our Community Partners page to find out how to become a community partner