The Fiscal Year 2022 budget process has begun!
What has happened so far
- Governor Baker issued his proposed budget, which included $5 million for HIP. The Collaborative issued a statement in opposition to this cut.
What is happening now
- The House Committee on Ways and Means is preparing its draft budget proposal, scheduled to be released in April. (For a detailed explanation of the budget process, click here.)
- The Campaign Steering Committee has agreed to ask for the same amount of funding as was appropriated for our current fiscal year, $13 million. This amount of funding is needed to support increased participation in the program by both consumers and farmers, and to ensure that the program operates year-round.
- The Collaborative submitted a letter on behalf of the Campaign on February 18.
What you can do
- Urge your representatives to support $13 million for HIP in the FY22 budget. If you know who your representatives are, you can find their contact and social media information here. If you're not sure who they are, you can look them up with your address here.
- 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.
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 Let them know that you want them to:
- Support $13 million for HIP (budget line 4400-1004) in fiscal year 2022.
- 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.
- Support An Act relative to an agricultural healthy incentives program (SD1179, Senator Anne Gobi and HD2939, Representative Paul Mark).
- 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.