HEALTHY INCENTIVE PROGRAM

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.

Recent articles about the Healthy Incentives Program:

 

Legislation filed in the Massachusetts legislature in the 2017-18 session that would codify the Healthy Incentives Program in statute, enabling it to continue beyond the USDA grant period.

An Act relative to an agricultural healthy incentives program

Information on the Healthy Incentives Program: