The Collaborative leads the Campaign for HIP Funding to ensure that the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), which provides fresh, healthy, local foods for SNAP recipients, receives increased funding to meet demand, operates year-round, and adds new farmers to fill gaps in program coverage. The campaign coalition includes more than 300 farmers, farmers markets, nonprofit agricultural/food system organizations, faith institutions, healthcare institutions, individuals with lived food insecurity experience, and more.
The hundreds of Campaign participants have had some significant successes since the campaign began.
We have successfully advocated for more than $34 million for the program since 2017:
In 2020 we succeeded in efforts to make the program more equitable when the Department of Transitional Assistance opened the program up to new farmers. 39 farmer vendors were authorized to fill geographic gaps in program coverage, many of them farmers of color committed to serving their communities with limited access to fresh healthy produce.
In 2020 the legislature passed and the governor signed a law making the program year-round, as a way of avoiding the annual suspensions that have undercut the program's effectiveness.
And we have build significant support in the legislature. The program is one of the top priorities of the legislature's bicameral and bipartisan Food System Caucus, which has more than 125 members and counting.
Information about the program from the Department of Transitional Assistance.
Media coverage of HIP's successes ,and history of the program.
Videos and stories from HIP families and farmers, produced buy the Campaign.