Massachusetts Food System Collaborative
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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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What HIP means to Suad & Haydar

Suad and Haydar are farmers market regulars who usually shop as a mother and son team. Haydar shops for his family, including his wife and three children, ages eight, seven, and six months. Suad lives with her other son, his wife, and their three children, ages five, three, and one. With six children in the […]

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HIP media coverage

News coverage about the Healthy Incentives Program: Food & Farm: A ‘HIP’ way to bolster food security Our View: Benefiting from the fruits of local labor Funding for Healthy Incentives Program restored Farm food benefits program revived State House backs $2M more for HIP program Local farm advocates for funding state Health Incentive Program Our […]

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Organizations supporting the HIP campaign

AARP Massachusetts, statewide Alchemy Initiative, Pittsfield All Farmers, Springfield Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs, Boston Allston Brighton Health Collaborative, Boston American Academy of Pediatrics, MA Chapter, Waltham American Farmland Trust, Northampton American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, Waltham Amherst Food Co-op, Amherst Amherst Survival Center, North Amherst Arlington EATS, Arlington Arlington Food Pantry, Arlington Arlington Regional […]

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Farms and markets supporting the HIP campaign

About Fresh, Boston All Farmers, Springfield Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market, Hadley Apponagansett Farm, Dartmouth Arrowhead Farm, Newburyport Ashfield Farmers market, Ashfield Ashmont Farmers Market, Dorchester Back Azimuth Farm, Middleborough Barrett’s Mill Farm, Concord Berberian Farm, Northborough Belchertown Farmers Market, Belchertown Bowdoin Geneva Farmers Market, Dorchester Braintree Farmers Market, Braintree Bree-Z-Knoll Farm, Leyden Breezy Gardens, Leicester […]

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HIP campaign updates

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 […]

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Healthy Incentives Program

Campaign for Healthy Incentives Program Funding

The Collaborative leads the Campaign for HIP Funding to ensure that the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), which provides fresh, healthy, local foods for SNAP recipients, receives increased funding to meet demand, operates year-round, and adds new farmers to fill gaps in program coverage.

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Statement in Opposition to Governor Baker’s Proposed Cut to the Healthy Incentives Program

The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative (www.mafoodsystem.org), which has led the Campaign for HIP Funding (www.hipma.org) for four years, opposes Governor Baker’s plan to dramatically cut support for healthy families and sustainable farms by reducing funding for the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) as proposed in yesterday’s release of H1. HIP is a vital program for nearly […]

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Analysis of HIP’s First Year

A report on the first year of operation for the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) has been published, laying out patterns of initial use, and identifying issues to address for the long-term health of the program.  The largest number of HIP points of sale were located in Middlesex and Worcester counties, two of the largest counties […]

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