SNAP + HIP

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!

From now, until March 31st, 2020, using your SNAP benefits at one of the participating HIP retailers 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 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/massgrown/hip.htm

How Can You Contribute to the SNAP Incentives Program at the GFM?

The SNAP Incentives Program has been implemented at the Market in order to make local, healthy, and delicious food more accessible. However, we rely on your generosity to make this program possible.

Our goal is to be able to double as much as $10 SNAP dollars for every EBT transaction, every Saturday. Currently, we have only been able to double up to $5 every now and then. So, whether you can donate $1, $5, or $50, every dollar helps us towards reaching our goal.

Donations are accepted at the Market Manager’s tent every Saturday!

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Future Fundraising Events

If you would like to volunteer to organize a fundraiser for SNAP Doubling we would welcome your help. Please email the market manager at greenfieldmafarmersmarket@gmail.com

Would you like to give?  We recently received two anonymous donations of $250.00 each to put toward SNAP double dollars. This was a great surprise and so needed so we can continue to double dollars thru August.  Please consider giving if you haven’t. Thank you to the two individuals that gave we appreciate it!

Past Fundraising Events

June 2017 , Bee Fest Gift Basket Drawing

bee basket