Massachusetts Food System Collaborative
Massachusetts Food System Collaborative

Campaign for Healthy Incentives Program Funding

Healthy Incentives Program

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 Campaign advocated for and won $24 million for HIP in the fiscal year 2023 budget. We are starting to strategize about our Fiscal Year 2024 ask.

View current campaign updates here and see our HIP Fact sheet here.

Find your HIP farmer for the 2022 holiday season here!

The Collaborative has written a report on the history of the Campaign for HIP Funding, which can be found here. We are grateful for the many advocates who have made this Campaign a success

Join the Campaign for HIP funding by signing on here!

Campaign highlights

The hundreds of Campaign participants have had some significant successes since the campaign began. 

We have successfully advocated for $59 million for the program since 2017:

  • $1.35 million in funding for the program in the FY18 budget 
  • $2.15 million in a FY18 supplemental budget
  • $4 million in the FY19 budget 
  • $6.5 million in the FY20 budget 
  • $2 million in a FY20 supplemental budget 
  • $5 million in CARES Act funding
  • $13 million in the FY21budget 
  • $13 million in the FY22 budget 
  • $12 million in the FY23 budget, plus a commitment to carry forward $12 million of unspent funds from previous years.

In 2022, the program was opened to applications from new vendors, specifically targeting Black SNAP clients, SNAP clients with disabilities, and priority communities with limited access to the program. HIP is a strong racial equity tool and we were excited to see this opportunity and thoughtful approach from the Department of Transitional Assistance that added 107 new vendors to the program!

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.

Finally, 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 145 members and counting. 

HIP highlights

HIP fact sheet

HIP/SNAP outreach resources developed by Campaign members.

Videos and stories from HIP families and farmers, produced by the Campaign.

Media coverage of HIP’s successes ,and history of the program. 

Information about the program from the Department of Transitional Assistance.

For more information about the campaign, please contact Becca Miller.


 

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