Support healthy families and sustainable farms!
The Healthy Incentives Program provides a dollar-for-dollar match for SNAP money spent on fruits and vegetables purchased at participating farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs statewide. To date, the program has provided more than $2.9 million in fresh, healthy, local foods for low-income families, with that money going to support local farms. This means better health outcomes for some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable communities, and greater sustainability for local farms, allowing them to contribute to the local economy, steward farmland and protect our natural resources. For more information about HIP, see this fact sheet.
The program has far exceeded expectations, so action is needed to urge the legislature to include funding in their next budget to support the program.
Please call or email your state legislators today and ask them to support HIP. If you’re not sure who your representative or senator is, you can find out here. When you reach them or their staff, ask them to:
Support any supplemental budget that provides funding to keep HIP operating through the current fiscal year.
Support any budget or amendment that includes $6.2 million for HIP in fiscal year 2019.
Include HIP as a priority in their top three priorities when they meet with the Committee on Ways and Means to discuss the upcoming budget.
All legislators need to hear from their constituents, especially those who are on the Committee on Ways and Means. Please check this list and if there's a representative who serves your town, please be sure to contact them.
To help us keep track of which legislators are supportive, please let us know who you reached out to and how they responded, by emailing Winton Pitcoff at the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative. If you have any questions, or would like more information about HIP or the campaign, contact Winton Pitcoff at the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative, or click here.
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