Policy Priorities

Increase Access to Fresh Produce

H.250/S.108

An Act Relative to an Agricultural Healthy Incentives Program

This bill is sponsored by Paul W. Mark and Anne M. Gobi

Overview

Launched in 2017, the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) allows SNAP recipients to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables directly from farmers. Since their launch, SNAP families have purchased more than $22 million in fresh, healthy, local foods

HIP Monthly Incentives (up to designated amounts):

  • $40 for families of 1-2

  • $60 for families of 3-5

  • $80 for families of 6 or more 

When they purchase local, healthy food the money that they spend is immediately added back to their EBT cards and can be spent at any SNAP retailer. 

While the program has been a tremendous success, to date it has only been authorized through the state budget. This fiscal year, the Campaign for HIP funding was able to secure $13 million in the state budget, however in order to ensure residents are able to receive consistent access to healthy fruits and vegetables; the campaign is lobby for An Act Relative to an Agricultural Healthy Incentives Program (H.250/S.108) would create a permanent program to ensure the program’s long-term sustainability.

About the bill

This bill would:

  1. Create a permanent program to ensure the program’s long-term sustainability.

  2. Generate new jobs in the local farm industry.

  3. Allow farmers to better protect their land.

  4. Account for more than 150,000 individuals increasing their fruit and vegetable intake by 1 serving per day.