Nutrition Assistance

Shop CHCMIn addition to cash, the farmers and food producers at the Columbia Heights farmers market also accept all forms of federal nutrition assistance benefits. These include SNAP/Food Stamps, WIC, Senior Get Fresh Checks, and WIC Cash-Value Checks as forms of payment.  Our matching funds program also provides these customers with additional money, allowing them to purchase more fresh, local food.

Do you qualify for the following nutrition assistance benefits? Find out.

 NEW for 2014: Produce Plus

Produce Plus is a new program to the market in 2014.  The Produce Plus Program is administered by the DC Department of Health, and was created with money from the 2013 budget surplus. The program provides $10 in checks every week to all those who receive government benefits (not limited to food assistance)

Who Qualifies

Anyone who receives one of the following DC government assistance programs:

WIC FM= Women, Infants, and Children Farmers Market program

WIC CVC= Women, Infants, and Children Cash Value Coupons

Senior FM= Senior Farmers Market program

CSFP= Commodity Supplemental Food Program

SNAP= Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

MC= Medicaid

Medicare: QMB= Qualified Medicare Beneficiary  ONLY

SSI= Supplemental Security Income

TANF= Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Participants must show their program identification in order to receive the benefit.

SNAP/Food Stamps

More than 140,000 District residents benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps) each month. With SNAP, you can buy fresh produce, grains, meat, and dairy products at grocery stores, corner stores, and farmers markets.  Learn more about SNAP benefits.


The Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children is for children up to age 5 and for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. WIC provides vouchers for specific food items, including milk, eggs, cheese, infant formula, and fresh produce. With WIC, you can get $30 in “Get Fresh” Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks to be used at farmers markets throughout the District. You also can use WIC “Cash-Value” Checks for produce at farmers markets. “Get Fresh” and “Cash-Value” vouchers are accepted at the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace’s farmers market. Learn more about WIC. And learn more about Get Fresh, the city’s Farmers Market Nutrition Program.


Senior FMNP

District residents aged 60 and older could be eligible for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) if they enroll in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which provides food packages to seniors. The Senior FMNP provides $30 worth of “Get Fresh” checks that can be used to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets, including the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace.