Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) for clients

Eating fruits and vegetables each day is important for your health. The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) helps you buy more fruits and vegetables for your household.

You can use your SNAP benefits to buy fruits and vegetables from a HIP authorized farm or vendor. You will receive $1 for each dollar you spend on eligible fruits and vegetables, up to a monthly limit. You can earn HIP incentives at participating agricultural retailers.

How does HIP work?

If you are a SNAP household you will be automatically enrolled in HIP.  

You can use your SNAP benefits to buy fruits and vegetables from a HIP authorized farm or vendor. Look for the HIP logo or ask the vendor if they participate in the program before you pay for your purchase.

You will receive $1 for each dollar you spend on eligible fruits and vegetables, up to a monthly limit. You can earn HIP incentives at participating:

  • Farmers' markets
  • Farm stands
  • Mobile markets
  • Community supported agriculture (CSA) farm share programs

Important: You must have a SNAP balance to earn the HIP incentive benefit.

Your monthly cap is based on your household size.

Household Size

HIP Monthly Cap

1-2 persons

$40

3-5 persons

$60

6+ persons

$80

 

Your receipt will show you the amount of your HIP incentive benefit after each eligible purchase.

This amount will be credited back to your SNAP account. Use this extra benefit right away or save it for another shopping trip.

There are no limitations on where you can use your HIP incentive dollars. This benefit may be used anywhere SNAP is accepted.

You can call the EBT customer service line at (800) 997-2555 to find out how much you earned through HIP each month.

 

Note: HIP is a seasonal program. The last day to earn additional dollars through the program is February 28, 2019. HIP is planned to resume operations on May 25, 2019 during the spring. You do not need to re-enroll in the program. This will occur automatically.

How to find HIP authorized locations

To find a list of HIP authorized farms and vendors, visit the MassGrown Map. When searching for HIP authorized locations on the Massgrown Map, please make sure HIP is selected in the dropdown menu under nutrition programs.

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HIP by the numbers

HIP has benefited families significantly. DTA maintains a monthly fact sheet to share Healthy Incentives Program data.

Did you know?

  • 36,200 households currently participate in HIP
  • This has led to 250,000 HIP transactions per month
  • Families across the state have earned $3,600,000 in monthly HIP incentives
  • Massachusetts has over 500 HIP authorized farmers and vendors

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For more information

If you are a SNAP client and want more information on HIP, call Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at (800) 645-8333.

To learn how to include more fruits and vegetables in your meals, please visit www.mahealthyfoodsinasnap.org.

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Other ways to connect with DTA

For general or client-specific questions about SNAP eligibility or other DTA benefits, please call the DTA Assistance Line at (877) 382-2363.

Case managers are available Monday to Friday between 8:15 am to 4:45 pm. Self-service options are available through the assistance line 24/7.

You can also connect with us online on Twitter and YouTube and keep coming back to www.mass.gov/DTA.

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