Improving Food Access
Project GROWS’ mission is to improve the health of children and youth in the central Shenandoah Valley through garden-based education and access to healthy food. Project GROWS operates and manages multiple farmers markets in the SAW Region as part of our food access programming. Our Farmers Markets seek to improve food security, individual and family health, and the overall local food economy by connecting local producers to the community and the community to nourishing foods. Our farmers markets prioritize:
Access to Quality Healthy Foods
Local and Sustainable Agriculture
Healthy Food Incentive Programs
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is a USDA program that provides assistance to low-income families and individuals. Project GROWS accepts and DOUBLES SNAP benefits at the North Augusta Farmer’s Market, Waynesboro Farmer’s Market, and Youth-Run Farm Stand. Learn more info see the SNAP Resource Guide. Find other markets near you that accept SNAP.
SNAP Fund Matching
The Project GROWS SNAP Matching Program provides families the opportunity to use their SNAP benefits and stretch their budgets while shopping for fresh local produce at farmer’s markets. With funding provided by Virginia Fresh Match, Project GROWS can now match SNAP dollars spent at the Waynesboro and North Augusta Farmer’s Markets.
Farmer’s Market Nutrition Programs
The WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides vouchers to qualifying low-income seniors and families participating in the WIC program. Vouchers may be used exclusively for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables at approved farmer’s markets. For questions about using FMNP vouchers at our markets, see the FMNP Resource Guide.
Buy One, Give One: Fresh Food Donation Program
At our markets you have the opportunity to purchase food items from vendors that will be donated to local shelters and food pantries in the community. Stop by our market booth after shopping to drop off your items to donate!