ASAP, through a three year grant provided by the USDA, is working to mitigate barriers that often prevent SNAP/EBT recipients from participating at local farmers markets in three Western North Carolina counties (Buncombe, Haywood, and Henderson).
Project activities revolve around three key areas: conducting a SNAP-at-market outreach program, engaging low-income service providers (e.g., health and social services departments) and other community organizations (e.g., faith-based and health-based organizations) that interact with SNAP users, and providing farmers markets with the support they need to develop and sustain SNAP programs and create market environments that are welcoming to diverse customer bases.
SNAP Support Materials
Through this grant, ASAP has developed a suite of materials to help identify farmers markets accepting SNAP/EBT, assist service providers and community organizations in SNAP-at-market education, and to make these markets more SNAP/EBT accessible. These materials include:
- SNAP brochures – indicating market locations, how SNAP-at-market programs work, and shopping tips (English and Spanish)
- SNAP Posters (8.5″ x 11″ and 22″ x 28″, English and Spanish)
- A-frames for farmers markets
- Banners for farmers markets
- Farmers market manager vests
If you’re a farmers market, service provider, or community organization within Buncombe, Haywood, or Henderson county and would like brochures or posters, please email Jessica@asapconnections.org, or call the ASAP office (828) 236 – 1282.
Community Driven Changes SNAP Mini-Grants
Additionally, as part of this project, ASAP is awarding mini-grants to service providers, community organizations, and farmers markets to pursue community driven solutions to SNAP-at-market barriers. Maximum grant award for a single organization in 2017 is $1500.00. Click the link below for full grant details and an application.
Application deadline for 2017 SNAP Support Mini-Grants is March 17, 2017. Grantees will be notified by April 1, 2017.
For questions or additional information pertaining to ASAP’s SNAP Support Mini-Grants, contact David@asapconnections.org, or call the ASAP office (828) 236 – 1282.