If you are a Massachusetts resident and you receive SNAP benefits, come shop for plant starts, fruits & vegetables from specially-marked HIP retailers at the Market, pay with your SNAP/EBT card and automatically earn back $40, $60 or $80 in BONUS HIP DOLLARS.*
HIP Benefits begin on May 25th for the entire month of May, therefore, you must spend SNAP dollars to earn HIP bonus dollars between May 25 and June 1st
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See below for more information on SNAP (federal food stamps) and HIP (state-funded Health Incentive Program).
What is SNAP?
SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is the program formerly known as food stamps. It is a federal nutrition program that helps you stretch your food budget and buy healthy food.
SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and some farmers’ markets and co-op food programs.
SNAP benefits are given to you each month on a plastic card called an EBT (electronic benefits transfer) card, which works like a debit card. Paper coupons are no longer used. (Text borrowed from http://www.gettingfoodstamps.org/whatissnap.html)
What is HIP?
The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) matches your SNAP purchases of local fruits and vegetables when shopping at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share programs. Spend your SNAP dollars on farm-fresh fruits and vegetables at participating HIP retailers and have the amount of your purchase instantly added back to your EBT card!
Beginning on May 25, 2019, you can begin using your SNAP benefits at one of the participating HIP retailers which lets you earn additional dollars in SNAP benefits for each dollar you spend on HIP eligible fruits and vegetables, up to your monthly cap. You can see the amount of HIP benefits earned on your receipt after making each HIP purchase. Spend your earned benefit right away for even more healthy foods!
*Your monthly cap depends upon your household size. Households of 1-2 can earn up to $40 per month, 3-5 members $60, and households with 6 or more members can earn up to $80.“When a SNAP customer swipes their SNAP/EBT card for fruit and vegetable purchases, an equal amount of HIP incentive funds are immediately and automatically added back to their cards, up to the monthly cap. For example, if a family uses their SNAP benefits to buy $15 of fresh produce at a farmers’ market, a credit of $15 will be immediately returned to their EBT card.” Find out more about HIP at: http://www.mass.gov/agr/
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