BC Farmers’ Markets – Nutrition Coupon Program Fund

 The BC Farmers' Markets –Nutrition Coupon Program Fund provides an opportunity for lower-income families, seniors and pregnant women to buy fresh, locally grown food from BC farmers in 55 communities across the province.

This innovative healthy eating program strengthens food security and supports farmers’ markets across British Columbia. 85 community partner organizations provide coupons to lower-income families, seniors and pregnant women participating in their food literacy programs. Recipients can use the coupons to buy fruits, vegetables, cheese, eggs, nuts, fish and meat, at any of the 59 farmers' markets that participate in the program.

The FMNCP impacts 10,000 lower- income British Columbians from over 3,500 households. The majority of families, seniors and pregnant women who participate report that the program allows them to buy healthy foods (fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy) and feel healthier and more connected to their community.

At the same time, the more than 900 BC farmers who accept these coupons benefit directly, dollar for dollar, with each coupon redeemed. This serves to sustain local farmers and farm lands, while strengthening our overall local food system.

Your donation to the Farmers' Market Nutrition Coupon Program will make it possible for more lower-income British Columbians to buy fresh, locally grown food from BC farmers at farmers' markets across the province. 

Each $20 donation supports a recipient to buy local fresh food from their farmers’ market one time. A donation of $320 will buy enough coupons for one recipient to participate all season! We will direct your donation to the communities with the highest need. If you would like to direct your donation to a specific participating community, you have the option to do so when you make your donation. Please contact us if we are not operating in your community. 

Visit the BC Association of Farmers' Markets to learn more about this program, its history and sponsors. 

 

Our Story

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The BC Association of Farmers' Markets supports, develops and promotes over 145 farmers’ markets across BC. Our work ensures local food thrives in all corners of the province. We deliver the Farmers' Market Nutrition Coupon Program (FMNCP) in partnership with the Province of British Columbia and the Provincial Health Services Authority. 

The need for fresh, healthy and local fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy is high, especially for lower income households. Your donation to the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program will enable more British Columbians to participate in more communities at more farmers’ markets across the province.

The BC Association of Farmers' Markets is grateful for the financial support it receives from the Province of British Columbia and the Provincial Health Services Authority and the generosity of other community funders and individuals across the province to deliver this impactful program.

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