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:
- Massachusetts commits $1.35 million to SNAP for farm food purchases
- SNAP credit will help the needy enjoy a farm-fresh diet
- In New Mass. SNAP Program, Local Fruit And Veggies Come With A Refund
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.
Information on the Healthy Incentives Program:
- Program infographic (image file, for social media links)
- Background on HIP
- Logic model of the benefits of HIP
- List of HIP eligible food
- FINI Trust: Additional Partner Matching Funds
- Food access and health in Massachusetts (image file, for social media links)
- Information from Farmers Market Coalition about food access
- Growth of Ethnic Groups and Food Stamps in Urban Areas of MassachusettsLearn more at the MA Food System Collaborative’s Website