Available at all of our markets- indoor and outdoor- and also at our Weekly Fruit/Vegetable Share!
All of our farmers accept SNAP/EBT/HIP. You can either visit our market information booth or if the farmer has equipment, they will process your SNAP payment at their booth.
How HIP Works at our Farmers Markets:
SNAP Participants are automatically enrolled in this program in the state of Massachusetts. Spend your SNAP dollars on local fruits and vegetables at participating HIP retailers and have the amount of your purchase instantly added back to your EBT card! The maximum monthly incentive awarded is based on household size: 1-2 member households will be capped at $40, 3-5 member households at $60, and 6+ more members at $80.
The HIP incentive is added directly to your SNAP/EBT card and can be spent on any future SNAP eligible purchases. Information regarding the account balance can be found on the accompanying receipt, making it easy for you to track your SNAP balance and HIP benefits.
**You must spend your SNAP dollars to earn more SNAP dollars through HIP.***
For example, if you do not have any SNAP dollars left on our account, you cannot earn extra SNAP dollars through HIP. We recommend visiting the markets at the beginning of the month, when you receive your SNAP benefits, or planning accordingly so you can earn your full monthly incentive award HIP benefits.
For any questions regarding this program at our New Bedford Farmers Markets, please call Dawn at 508-817-4166.
What is the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP)?
HIP is an incentive program designed to improve affordability and access to locally grown fruits and vegetables for SNAP participants. The program provides low-income families and individuals with the opportunity to benefit from farmers’ markets and other agricultural points of access, by increasing the amount of SNAP benefits available for clients to spend at these locations. By encouraging the purchase and consumption of locally grown fruits and vegetables, this sustainable, statewide, incentive program, promotes healthy eating, while also supporting the local economy.
- Increase the availability and consumption of locally grown fruits and vegetables for SNAP clients.
- Reduce barriers to participation for SNAP clients and retailers.
- Assess the impact of the new incentive program on participants’ purchase of fruits and vegetables to inform future expansion.
In 2017, Project Bread has partnered with the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Department of Agricultural Resources, and the Department of Public Health, to launch the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). Funding for this program is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program.
Find a HIP Location Near You:
Visit www.mass.gov/hip for a directory, or call Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333, or look for the HIP logo.