Renton Farmers Market offers benefits for low income seniors

Leading up to the Renton Farmers Market’s return on June 4, the 2024 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), which provides $80 cards to low-income seniors at select King County farmers markets, is accepting applications until Friday, May 24.

With funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Washington State, SFMNP benefits can be used from June 1 to Oct. 31. Besides the Renton Farmers Market, SFMNP benefits can be used at farmers markets in Auburn, Des Moines, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, North Bend, Redmond, Tukwila, Vashon Island and more throughout select locations in Seattle, King County and Washington state.

Eligible applicants must be 60 years or older (or 55 and older for Native American and Alaska Natives) by June 30, 2024. They must live within King County and they must have an income that is below 185% of the federal poverty level. This means that the monthly income for one person cannot exceed $2,322 per month, or a monthly income of $3,151 for two people. For larger households, this would include an addition of $829 per additional person.

Applications can be made in person by picking up a form at Don Persson Renton Senior Activity Center or completed online at