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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) explores new approaches to promote healthy diets. USDA awarded money for new initiatives that test health and nutrition promotion. One of those initiatives is the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). HIP brings together DTA, the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) and the Department of Public Health (DPH). This effort helps provide access to local fruits and vegetables.
HIP was first implemented as a pilot in November 2011. In April 2015, USDA gave DTA a federal grant to expand the pilot. HIP is now a three year program that began in April 2017. We automatically enroll SNAP households in HIP. You will get a welcome notice when we enroll you.HIP matches SNAP purchases of local fruits and vegetables at:
SNAP households earn a dollar-for-dollar match on eligible purchases. The HIP benefit is immediately added to SNAP households’ EBT card after each purchase. You must spend SNAP dollars on fruits and vegetables to earn HIP incentives.
You can view the HIP benefit you earn and month-to-date total on the receipt after each eligible purchase. You can also get this information if you call the EBT customer service at 1-800-997-2555.
You can save the HIP benefit you earn or use it right away.
The HIP incentive benefit has a monthly cap based on household size.
HIP Monthly Cap
If you are a SNAP client and want more information on HIP, call Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at (800) 645-8333. If you want to become a SNAP retailer, call the HIP Retailers call-line at (888) 987-4487. If you have questions about HIP, email us at DTA.HIP@state.ma.us.
For more information about the pilot, visit USDA's Healthy Incentives Pilot webpage. Do you want to find out how to include fresh fruits and vegetables into your meals? Email DTA’s SNAP Nutrition Education program at SNAP-Ed.Referrals@state.ma.us.