Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project will expand the Double SNAP Network and incentives

More WNC farmers markets, farmstands, and groceries will join the Double SNAP for Fruits and Vegetables programs in 2024.

Person holding vegetables and receiving Double SNAP tokens at a farmers market

ASAP was one of 19 organizations to receive federal funding for nutrition incentive programs.

Photo by Camilla Calnan, via ASAP

It just keeps growing. As part of the WNC Double SNAP Network, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) is partnering with Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and MountainWise to bring together existing programs and expand Double SNAP for Fruits and Vegetables programs to more farmers markets, farmstands, and grocery stores throughout the region.

Collectively, the three organizations operate SNAP incentive programs at 26 sites. Beginning in January, the first phase of the expansion will involve bolstering already existing programs, like those at the Asheville City Winter Market and the River Arts District Farmers Market. In the spring, additional participating sites will be announced with the goal of growing the network to more than 40 WNC sites over the next three years.

The Double SNAP for Fruits and Vegetables is a nutrition incentive program that provides SNAP tokens + up to $20 extra in Farm Fresh Bucks for SNAP customers at participating farmers markets. You can support the effort through a donation or by volunteering with ASAP.