Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program (HIP)
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In 2017, HIP meant better health outcomes for vulnerable families, and better sustainability for local farms.
SNAP families purchased $2.97 million in fresh, healthy, local foods.1
35,400 families earned HIP incentives.1
62,200 individuals increased their fruit and vegetable intake by 1 serving per day.1
That increase in healthy eating can mean savings of more than $1.1 million in public health costs.2
50% of those families included seniors, who spend less time in the emergency room when they eat healthy foods.1, 3
34% of those families included children, who do better in school when they eat healthy foods.1
More than 70% of MA SNAP recipients are employed. Eating healthy food increases productivity in the workplace.4
More than 200 farms sold $2.97 million more of the fresh fruits and vegetables they grew.1
SNAP sales at farm retailers increased by nearly 600% from 2016 to 2017, thanks to HIP.1
That increase in sales helps generate 22-48 new jobs in the farming sector.5
Each dollar spent results in an additional $1.12 in local economic impact, as farmers contribute to the local economy, spending those dollars on goods and services.6
Increased farm sustainability means farmers are better able to protect their land, stewarding natural resources that benefit the environment.
In 2017 there was a 65% increase in the number of direct-to-consumer SNAP retailers.1
4 https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/ops/Massachusetts.pdf, http://burnsmcdmedia.com/careersblog/2011/12/29/how-does-food-affect-workplace-productivity/, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-rosenzweig/food-at-work-setting-the-_b_5376081.html, https://www.zanebenefits.com/blog/increased-productivity-and-healthy-employees.
5 Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture's local food calculator, 2015, https://www.buylocalfood.org/local-food-calculator-methodology-and-formulae/, with Anita Dancs, Department of Economics, Western New England University and Helen Scharber, School of Critical Social Inquiry, Hampshire College, who developed the calculator tool for CISA. The range allows for variability between new purchases and purchases shifted from traditional retail outlets to farm retailers.