This bill is sponsored by Paul W. Mark and Anne M. Gobi
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 an additional $12 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.
This bill would:
Create a permanent program to ensure the program’s long-term sustainability.
Generate new jobs in the local farm industry.
Allow farmers to better protect their land.
Account for more than 150,000 individuals increasing their fruit and vegetable intake by 1 serving per day.
When the formal legislative session adjourned at the end of July 2022, the language of this bill was attached to the Senate version of a major economic development and tax relief bill. Unfortunately, that bill is still in conference committee.
Legislators may return to working on this larger legislation during informal session or during a special session. If they do, Project Bread hopes An Act Relative To An Agricultural Healthy Incentives Program will be included in the final bill.