The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) State agencies the opportunity to request a waiver of certain WIC regulatory requirements from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS). FNS has released a memo detailing the waiver process and program flexibilities.
Due to the public health emergency, many farmers' markets are changing how they operate in order to practice social distancing. FMNP participants should be encouraged to reach out to their local farmers' market for the latest updates on market operations. Farmers' markets are encouraged to use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces (available in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese).
Also, check out the social media toolkit, available in Spanish, for general information and the communication toolkit, available in multiple languages, for specific messaging targeting migrants, refugees, and other limited-English-proficient populations.
Looking for more farmers' market resources?
Explore these resources you can use to educate participants on the benefits of Farmers’ Markets.
Use the Farmers’ Market Directory to help participants find the markets closest to where they live, work and shop,.
Discover recipes in Maryland WIC's Farmers' Market Cookbook, also available in Spanish (found at the bottom of the page) as well as tips on how to help participants increase their fruits and vegetable intake with kids activities, food safety and storage tips and more.
Check out the Farm2WIC Toolkit created to help develop best practices to cultivate WIC customers and expand outreach strategies.
Staying safe doesn't stop at shopping. Did you know that foodborne illness incidences rise in the summer? Bacteria multiply faster when it's warm, so it's also important to keep all food safe, including produce. Explore Summertime Food Safety resources that you can use to help educate participants on how to reduce their risk of foodborne illness.