The HIP Program will be SUSPENDED on April 15th – SNAP benefits can still be utilized at the Farmers Markets, Farm Stands and other places you sell.
Launched in April 2017, the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) provides a 100 percent incentive – a dollar-for-dollar match – for each SNAP dollar spent on targeted fruits and vegetables purchased at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs statewide. By increasing access to locally grown fruits and vegetables for SNAP clients, the program seeks to benefit family and community health, and support farms and the local economy. The Collaborative is working on outreach, education, and fundraising for HIP, and successfully led a campaign to include $1.35 million in funding for the program in the FY18 budget.
Our current campaign is to urge the legislature to include $6.2 million in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget, and action is needed today from everyone concerned with equitable access to healthy food and sustainable farms.
- Organizations: Sign on to support HIP funding (See who has signed on so far.)
- Farms and Farmers Markets: Sign on to support HIP funding (See who has signed on so far.)
- Individuals: Find out how you can support HIP funding
(content from the Mass Food Systems Collaborative website)