The state of Massachusetts has again doubled down on fresh vegetables and fruits for residents enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Anyone with a SNAP card can receive an immediate, dollar-for-dollar credit when buying fresh produce at local farmers markets and farmstands—including ours.
When it was introduced last year, the Healthy Incentive Program (HIP) proved so popular with SNAP families that the funding ran out well before the end of the fiscal year. More than $4 million was spent to get fresh produce into SNAP households before the state called a halt in April.
Now that the HIP program has been reinstated, there’s a catch: The credits—which can range from $40 to $80, depending on the size of the SNAP household and the amount of produce purchased—are good only through the end of June. After that, a new fiscal year begins and the legislature has not yet acted to re-fund the program going forward. Updated June 26: The program has been extended! Find out more at www.mass.gov/service-details/healthy-incentives-program-hip.
Morning Glory has a wealth of fresh produce, from our own fields and regional growers. We welcome SNAP card holders as we do all our customers, and we encourage the use and renewal of the Healthy Incentives Program to share the bounty with all our Island neighbors.
The HIP benefit will also be available at the Island Grown Mobile Market when it resumes its rounds June 18. The truck-based produce shop will visit a different Martha’s Vineyard neighborhood on each of five days a week, through Oct. 14. Learn more at igimv.org/programs/food-equity-and-recovery/mobile-market.