Massachusetts Food System Collaborative
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Citations for HIP fact sheet data

Download current HIP fact sheet Since April 2017 HIP has meant better health outcomes for vulnerable families, and better sustainability for local farms. Families SNAP families purchased $26 million in fresh, healthy, local foods.1 99,300 families earned HIP incentives.1 165,000 individuals increased their fruit and vegetable intake by 1 serving per day.1 That increase in […]

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Stories from the Healthy Incentives Program

The Healthy Incentives Program is transforming families, farms, and communities. More than 100,000 families have used HIP, and more than 240 farmers grow and sell crops through the program. These are some of their stories. “We know we are helping the farmers as well. We support local farmers and businesses. If people don’t support farmers, […]

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What HIP means to Aliza & Killian

When asked about why she shops at the Regional Environmental Council farmers markets, Aliza is quick to bring the conversation to her two year old son, Killian. A regular at the winter markets, she began cooking with beets for the first time this year.  Aliza says, “There’s a lot of stuff at the market we […]

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What HIP means to Ilir

When asked about why he shops at farmers markets, Ilir says, “Quality is a must.”  Ilir shops at the Worcester Regional Environmental Council farmers markets for his family, including his wife and two children, ages six and three. He also frequently picks up produce for his father, who found out about the farmers market program […]

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What HIP means to Anesti

Anesti is a Farmers Market regular who shops weekly at REC Mobile Markets. Originally from a small town in southern Albania, Anesti has lived in Worcester for the past 22 years and just celebrated his anniversary of arriving to the United States. Prior to moving to Worcester, Anesti was a veterinarian who worked for over […]

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What HIP means to Lang & Ngo

Lang and Ngo bonded and became friends over their shared love of vegetables. Ngo moved to Worcester from Vietnam in 1996 and Lang arrived in 2007. They have been friends for the past ten years. They meet weekly at the Worcester Senior Center where they are both regular Regional Environmental Council mobile market customers. Staff […]

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What HIP means to Dianna

Dianna just re-enrolled in SNAP benefits after losing them for a time. But she hasn’t missed a beat when it comes to keeping up with the HIP program. “I found out about HIP from my mom, Kathy. She’s a huge advocate. She tells everyone about it and how it can help you stretch your food […]

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What HIP means to Chris

Chris Kurth farms fifty acres in Sudbury, sells direct to consumers at farmers’ markets in greater Boston, and participates in the Healthy Incentives Program. When asked about his experience with the program, he credits it as the “single, best change that has happened to Siena Farms, in the last half-decade. My farm business is only […]

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What HIP menas to Phuong and Lai

Phuong enjoys shopping at the farmers markets with her aunt, Lai. Phuong shops for her family of five, including her husband and three children, ages thirteen, eleven, and nine. She does most of the household cooking and is conscious of managing her family’s food budget. She notes the quality and price of local produce as […]

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What HIP means to Nadine

Since the introduction of the Healthy Incentives Program, Nadine has dramatically improved her health and transformed her life. A diabetic, Nadine has lost over 100 pounds in the last three years, and gives full credit to the increased availability of freshly grown produce she receives from the Mill City Grows Mobile Market, which participates in […]

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