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SFMNP Income Eligibility Guidelines (2017-2018)

EO Guidance Document #
FNS-GD-2017-0019
FNS Document #
SFMNP Policy Memo #2017-1
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DATE: April 18, 2017
MEMO CODE: SFMNP Policy Memo #2017-1
SUBJECT: Publication of the 2017-2018
Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program(SFMNP) Income Eligibility Guidelines
TO: Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
SFMNP State Agency Directors
All Regions

This policy memorandum transmits the 2017-2018 Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) for the SFMNP, which were established based on the 2017-2018 Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) IEGs published in the Federal Register on March 15, 2017, at 82 FR 13788.

Income-eligibility for the SFMNP is determined using income standards as prescribed under 7 CFR Section 249.6(a)(3) of the SFMNP regulations. The income limit is 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, as adjusted. Guidelines are revised annually to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. The annual revision for 2017 was published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at 82 FR 8831, on Jan. 31, 2017. 

SFMNP state agencies may implement the new IEGs concurrently with the implementation of IEGs under the Medicaid and Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). State agencies that do not coordinate implementation with the revised Medicaid or CSFP guidelines, must implement the revised SFMNP income eligibility guidelines no later than July 1, 2017.

A supplemental chart is also attached for SFMNP state agencies to use in determining the annual, monthly, twice-monthly, biweekly and weekly income limits for a family size greater than eight. 

Sarah Widor
Director
Supplemental Food Programs Division

04/18/2017

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.