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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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We make it easy to get help paying for groceries and saving you money!

We know many adults are relying on Social Security benefits and are on fixed incomes. With rising food costs, using SNAP frees up cash for other essentials, like medicine. Plus, SNAP dollars add up from month to month, so you can save for special occasions with family and friends.

SNAP/ EBT Food Assistance

The Council on Aging of Buncombe County can help you apply for SNAP/EBT food assistance. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and EBT is the Election Benefits Transfer card. Click here for information about the Buncombe County food assistance program. Click here for the United States Department of Agriculture’s information about SNAP.

SNAP Eligibility

Income: You may be eligible for Food and Nutrition Services if your total income falls below the appropriate gross income limits for your household size. Eligibility workers determine which income limit applies to your household.

For additional information click here.

SNAP/EBT and Farmer’s Market

SNAP benefits can be used at 9 participating farmers markets in Buncombe County. Click here for full list. 

At Asheville City Market, you can double your SNAP dollars. For example, swiping an EBT card for $5 will yield $10 in market tokens to spend on SNAP-eligible items at individual farmer stands. This program is in effect at both locations of Asheville City Market (downtown on Saturday mornings and at Biltmore Park Town Square on Wednesday afternoons).

How does SNAP/EBT work at market?
  • Bring your EBT card to the Market Information booth at your participating farmers market.
  • Swipe your EBT card for the amount of money you want to spend.
  • Receive the amount of money in market tokens to use with eligible market vendors.
  • Shop for fresh and healthy food while supporting your local farmers!
    No cash back, but tokens do not expire.
What items are eligible to buy with SNAP market tokens?
  • fruits and vegetables
  • breads and cereals
  • meats, fish, poultry
  • dairy products
  • seeds and plants that produce edible foods

In Partnership with MANNA FoodBank, we have received National Council on Aging funds for a Senior SNAP enrollment initiative.

Manna Foodbank
We partner with Manna Foodbank for the SNAP program

SNAP/FNS income limits – 2023

Number of People in HouseholdMaximum Gross Income (200%)*Maximum Benefit Amount
Each Additional Member+$788+$211

* Some individuals must meet standard gross income limits (130%), and DSS will make this determination.

1. Income: You may be eligible for Food and Nutrition Services if your total income falls below the appropriate gross income limits for your household size. Eligibility workers determine which income limit applies to your household.

2. Household Composition: Some individuals must participate in Food and Nutrition Services as one household even though they purchase and prepare their meals separately.

Individuals who must participate as one household include:

  • Individuals living together who purchase/prepare their food together
  • Spouses living together or individuals representing themselves as a married couple
  • Individuals under the age of 22 living with a parent
  • Individuals under 18 under the parental control of an adult living in the home
  • Two unmarried adults living in the same home who are parents of a mutual child

3. Citizenship/Immigration Status: All individuals receiving Food and Nutrition benefits must be US citizens or immigrants admitted to the United States under a specific immigration status.

Learn more about how we make it easy by listening and sharing the presentation below from Council on Aging and MANNA FoodBank, originally on Zoom in May 2021 (Below)



senior man sits on couch wearing a red sweater

To make an appointment with an enrollment specialist, call the Council on Aging of Buncombe County at (828) 277-8288

This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from
the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do
not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products,
or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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