Projects

Healthy Incentives Program

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HIP Fact Sheet 2017

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.


Recent articles about the Healthy Incentives Program:

Legislation has been 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.

Background information on the Healthy Incentives Program:


The Healthy Incentives Program is an expansion of a very successful pilot program run in Hampden County in 2011-12.



Key Action Item

Food Access, Security and Health 3.1.1: Leverage and maximize the FINI grant award to increase use of SNAP and complementary benefit programs at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and for community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. Identify, support, and implement methods to sustain FINI-related healthy food purchasing incentive initiatives.

Other Relevant Action Items

Food Access, Security and Health 3.1.1 Leverage and maximize the FINI grant award to increase use of SNAP and complementary benefit programs at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and for community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. Identify, support, and implement methods to sustain FINI-related healthy food purchasing incentive initiatives.

Food Access, Security and Health 3.1.2 Fund the FINI-HIP Trust Fund. The FINI-HIP Trust will enable DTA to engage statewide community partners and private funders to accept financial commitments to support the HIP implementation.