YMCA's Woodfin Winter Market now accepts SNAP payments
Fresh food now more accessible to all
Asheville, N.C., Feb. 14, 2018 - The YMCA of Western North Carolina's Winter Market at the Woodfin YMCA now accepts SNAP payments, making fresh, healthy, local food more accessible to everyone in the community.
The Y hosts weekly markets in south and north Asheville, featuring dozens of vendors selling cheese, meat, eggs, vegetables, fruits, and breads, as well as baked goods, specialty products, and crafts.
"Accepting SNAP payments allows us to bridge the gap between the food secure and the food insecure," said YMCA of WNC Nutrition Manager Lisa Riggsbee. "And in addition to access, SNAP users also get exposed to healthy foods they might not have tried otherwise. The program is also helpful to farmers and vendors, who now have a broader range of customers for their products."
Vendor fees from the markets help support the Y's nutrition outreach programs, which distribute free, fresh food to thousands of local residents each year.
The YMCA's Winter Market-North takes place every Saturday through March 31 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Woodfin YMCA, 40 N. Merrimon Ave., Asheville, NC 28804.