The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) with New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM)

Worksite Location
Albany, NY
Project Dates
June - August (flexible and willing to work with selected intern)
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Mark McMullen, NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets
Stipend
$5,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

The project will assist the Farmers Market Nutrition Program for the 2020 season. The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is a federal nutrition program administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) with the goals to 1) increase access to select New York State (“local”) produce items by eligible seniors and participants of the Women Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program (WIC) and 2) expand awareness and use of farmers’ markets. As there are different target populations of FMNP, there are therefore two funding streams. The FMNP is comprised of the Senior FMNP (SFMNP) and WIC FMNP.

The intended outcome for the student is to work with the team to ensure a successful benefits program season for the most extensive Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program in the country.

Roles and Responsibilities

The responsibilities for this student internship are to assist with: (1) the labor-intensive calling of farmers market that operate in the FMNP season (June - November) to find out if they would like to update their operating details and/or apply for the program (2) assist with the annual mailings to farmers markets and farmers in the FMNP (3) process FMNP farm applications and (4) conduct field surveys of FMNP markets. 

Qualifications and Previous Coursework
  • Basic computer literacy including MS Excel, MS Access, MS Word is required.
  • Coursework that discusses nutrition programming, including SNAP, WIC, CSFP, etc. would be preferred, but it is not required.
  • Coursework that relates to changing physical environments, such as healthy retail stores, would be preferred, but it is not required.
  • Coursework that relates to economic development would be preferred, but it is not required.
Benefits and Skills
  • Practical experience in state operations of a nutrition benefit program
  • Exposure to policy decisions related to agricultural economic development and health/nutrition
  • Onsite entity compliance review experience
  • Opportunities to interact and network with industry organizations and stakeholders