Homebound Food Delivery

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

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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.


4. Resources: Some households may be subject to a resource test.

  • Households may have $2,250 in countable resources.

  • Households may have $3,500 if at least one person is age 60 or older or disabled.

  • Certain resources are not counted, such as homes, buildings and land.

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 two sites (Asheville City Markets) SNAP benefits are doubled. 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

Homebound Food Delivery

Monthly food boxes are delivered by volunteers to at-risk elders.

Interested in becoming a Homebound Food Delivery volunteer? Contact us at 
For more information on any our services,

call (828) 277-8288 or email
These programs and services require an
in-home assessment.

Call us:

(828) 277-8288


9:00 AM-4:30 PM

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