The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is a federal program providing supplemental nutrition to families with young children. In Maine it is administered by the CDC. Families are issued checks which they may use to purchase certain healthy foods. Most families also receive “Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program” checks every summer, and those checks may only be redeemed from participating farmers. Many areas in Maine have few or no farmers participating, so there is a need for more farmers to sign up.
If your farm is interested in becoming authorized to accept SNAP, apply now. The application (find it here) is brief. A one hour training is required, and can be completed online or via phone, after which a compliant farm will be authorized for three years. (Keep in mind that WIC is operated on a farmer-by-farmer basis, versus SNAP, which generally is market-by-market.)
The WIC office at the CDC is eager to find farmers in rural areas (particularly Washington and Aroostook counties) and farmers/growers with fruit (applies, berries, PYO) in any part of the state.