The CSBG/ARRA 2009-2010 Healthcare Program will collaborate with local Health Departments in Chesterfield and Marlboro Counties to coordinate immunization services to adults for flu and pneumonia immunizations; to children for mandated childhood immunizations; with local healthcare providers to provide medical services to customers on a sliding fee scale; with local and area County Councils on Aging and Community Long Term Care programs to assist in the identification of elderly and disabled persons in need of supplemental healthcare; with local area pharmacies to document medication costs; and with other health-related entities as deemed necessary as the program progresses in order to assist program participants in maintaining a more qualitative existence and independent living. Healthcare providers will also be used to document the necessity of the provision of financial assistance for medications, medical services, i.e., employment-related physicals, immunizations, diagnostic tests, and maintenance medications, etc.

Dentists will be used to document costs for dental services in instances where Children or adults are in extreme pain that would prevent children from attending school and parents from working, seeking employment and/or from participating in training programs. Financial assistance will also be provided for preventative oral care, i.e.; dental checkups and cleanings, for children and adults who do not have access to Medicaid. These services will serve to prevent future employment downtime for adults and missed school days for children; which may also cause missed days from work for their parents or guardians.

Parents and guardians will receive classes on parenting skills to ensure a more sanitary and healthier lifestyle. Although parents/guardians are aware of sanitary practices such as hand-washing and covering coughs and sneezes; not eating and drinking out of used containers, these classes will include emphasis on the increased importance of these practices in the wake of global illnesses that have infected persons within the state of South Carolina. Additional areas of concerns to be addressed will include, but will not be limited to the following:

  • Emphasis on increased participation in physical exercise
  • Begin and maintain safer play practices
  • Nurturing of tolerance and culture diversity (in effort to generate more conflict resolutions)
  • The identification and prevention of adult and child physical and sexual abuse
  • The prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

The CSBG/ARRA 2009-2010 Healthcare Program will also assist elderly and disabled customers with care services and needs which will include, but will not be limited to the following; especially if these services are not covered by other programs or policies:

  • Medical services and maintenance medications
  • Annual immunizations
  • Home healthcare sanitary supplies, i.e., incontinence homecare and everyday wear supplies
  • Blood pressure cuffs

Farmers' Markets

CMEOC recognizes the fact that Farmers markets are an integral part of the community/farm linkage and have continued to rise in popularity, mostly due to the growing consumer interest in obtaining fresh products directly from the farm.

Farmers markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown, farm fresh produce, enables farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers, and cultivate consumer loyalty with the farmers who grows the produce. Direct marketing of farm products through farmers markets continues to be an important sales outlet for agricultural producers nationwide. Today, there are nearly 4,800 farmers markets operating throughout the nation.

Who benefits from Farmers' Markets?

  • Small farm operators: Those with less than $250,000 in annual receipts who work and manage their own operations meet this definition (94 percent of all farms).
  • Farmers and consumers: Farmers have direct access to markets to supplement farm income. Consumers have access to locally grown, farm-fresh produce and the opportunity to personally interact with the farmer who grows the produce.
  • The community: Many urban communities where fresh, nutritious foods are scarce gain easy access to food. Farmers markets also help to promote nutrition education, wholesome eating habits, and better food preparation, as well as boosting the community's economy.

Senior Farmers' Market Nutition Program

What is the SFMNP?
The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) awards grants to States, United States Territories, and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs. The majority of the grant funds must be used to support the costs of the foods that are provided under the SFMNP; State agencies may use up to 10 percent of their grants to support administrative costs for the program.

What is the purpose of the SFMNP?
The purposes of the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program are to:

  • Provide resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from farmers' markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors,
  • Increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community support agriculture programs, and
  • Develop or aid in the development of new and additional farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community support agriculture programs.

Who is eligible for SFMNP benefits?
Low-income seniors, generally defined as individuals who are at least 60 years old and who have household incomes of not more than 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines (published each year by the Department of Health and Human Services), are the targeted recipients of SFMNP benefits. Some State agencies accept proof of participation or enrollment in another means-tested program, such as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, for SFMNP eligibility.

When does the SFMNP operate?
SFMNP benefits are provided to eligible recipients for use during the harvest season. In some States, the SFMNP season is relatively short, because the growing season in that area is not very long. In other States with longer growing seasons, recipients have a longer period of time in which to use their SFMNP benefits.

How does the SFMNP operate?
Once the SFMNP benefits have been issued to eligible seniors, they can be used to purchase fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs at authorized farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs. In 2006, these products were available to 963,685 low-income seniors from 17,156 farmers at 3,159 farmers' markets as well as 2,512 roadside stands and 199 community supported agriculture programs.

Where does the SFMNP operate?
For Fiscal Year (FY) 2008, grants have been awarded to 49 State agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to operate the SFMNP: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Five Sandoval Pueblos (New Mexico), Florida, Georgia, the Grand Traverse Indians in Michigan, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, the Osage Tribal Council in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, San Felipe Pueblo (New Mexico), South Carolina, Standing Rock Sioux (ND), Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

In SC the Department of Social Services is the Grantor/Administrator for SFMNP. In Chesterfield and Marlboro counties food vouchers or allocated to the Chesterfield Council on Aging and Chesterfield-Marlboro Economic Opportunity Council (CMEOC)are responsible for distribution

What foods are available through the SFMNP?
Fresh, nutritious, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, honey, and fresh-cut herbs can be purchased with SFMNP benefits. State agencies may limit SFMNP sales to specific foods that are locally grown in order to encourage SFMNP recipients to support the farmers in their own States. Certain foods are not eligible for purchase with SFMNP benefits; these include dried fruits or vegetables, such as prunes (dried plums), raisins (dried grapes), sun-dried tomatoes or dried chili peppers. Potted fruit or vegetable plants, potted or dried herbs, wild rice, nuts of any kind (even raw), maple syrup, cider, and molasses are also not allowed.

Who has administrative responsibility for the SFMNP?
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service administers the SFMNP grants.

What is the current funding level?
Congress authorized $20.6 million for the SFMNP through 2012.