May 2022: The Fiscal Year 2023 budget is being debated in the Senate!
What is happening now:
- May 25th: Senate amendment #418 to ensure HIP operates year-round has been adopted! Please email your state senator to thank them for their support.
- The House budget has passed with $18 million for HIP included.
- The Campaign for HIP Funding’s steering committee has decided to advocate for $20 million for HIP in the FY23 budget! See our letter to Governor Baker here.
- Check out a new report on the history of the Campaign here.
What you can do
- Reach out to your state senator‘s office to ask them to support amendment #418 for HIP!
- Sign your farm, farmers market, or organization on to our campaign to be listed on future letters and to receive regular updates about the campaign.
- See which farms and farmers’ markets have signed on here and which organizations have signed on here.
- Fill out a postcard (template here) about your HIP experience, take a picture of it, and send it to email@example.com.
- Direct your members, customers, friends, and communities to this page to stay informed and take action. If you’d like language to use in your newsletters or on social media, contact Rebecca Miller.
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share our announcements about the campaign.
- Share our HIP fact sheet, and videos and stories.
- Continue to spread the word about HIP in your community! Outreach resources developed by Campaign members can be found here.
The message to tell legislators
- When you reach out to legislators, thank them for their past support for HIP and acknowledge how successful the program has been. Then ask if you can count on their support for HIP in this year’s up coming budget. It is not too early to ask!
- Also let them know that you want them to support An Act relative to an agricultural healthy incentives program (S108 Senator Anne Gobi and H250, Representative Paul Mark) by passing it out of committee and to the floor for a vote.
- Let them know why HIP is important to you. If you’re a SNAP recipient, a farmer, or an advocate, explain your role in the program, what it has meant to you and your community in the past, and why it is important to you that the state support it.
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 Rebecca Miller at the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative.