Farmers Market Nutrition Program
(October 12, 2011)



The Virgin Island Department of Agriculture (VIDA) is now a proud beneficiary of the USDA - FMNP grant award FY2011, which will enable VIDA to issue supplementary checks to eligible WIC recipients. �These checks are redeemable at the local participating Farmers' Markets and Farm Stands.

The"Virgin Fresh" WICFarmers� Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is associated with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, popularly known as WIC. The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education at no cost to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding post-partum women, and to infants and children up to 5 years of age, who are found to be at nutritional risk.�

Eligible WIC recipients will recieve nutrition education and exposure to a variety of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs, through their participation in "Virgin Fresh" FMNP.�

****** To become a registerd farmer or for more information, contact the Department of Agriculture,

Marketing Department at 340-778-0997 ext.239.******�

Governor John P. DeJongh, Jr.My Administration is firmly committed to supporting economic development in the United States Virgin Islands. We boast a strong and rapidly growing economy that is evident with an unprecedented influx of business development to our islands on a daily basis. We are unique and our beloved Territory offers many benefits: We use U.S. Currency and have the protection of the U.S. flag and U.S. courts. Manufacturers have duty-free, quota-free access to the U.
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