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SFMNP Income Eligibility Guidelines (2018-2019)

EO Guidance Document #
FNS Document #
SFMNP 2018-1
Resource type
Policy Memos
Guidance Documents
Date: April 30, 2018
Memo Code: SFMNP Policy Memorandum #2018-1
Subject: Publication of the 2018-2019 Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) Income Eligibility Guidelines

Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs

SFMNP State Agency Directors
All State Agencies

This policy memorandum transmits the 2018-2019 Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) for the SFMNP, as FNS is required to announce the income poverty guidelines annually.

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 2018 was published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at 83 FR 2642, on Jan. 18, 2018. 

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 Medicaid or CSFP programs, must implement the revised SFMNP income eligibility guidelines no later than July 1, 2018.

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

Sarah Widor
Supplemental Food Programs Division


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.