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Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) Basics

Learn about how HIP gives you extra money to buy local fruits and vegetables.

What is HIP?

HIP helps your household eat more fruits and vegetables. HIP reimburses* you when use your SNAP benefits to buy healthy, local produce from participating HIP farm vendors.

*up to a monthly cap

How do I sign up for HIP?

There is no special sign-up for HIP. If you live in Massachusetts and get SNAP benefits, your household is automatically able to participate in HIP.

Learn more about SNAP benefits.

How much money can I use through HIP each month?

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

 

When do I get HIP?

Your HIP incentives start over on the first of each month. This may be different from when you get your SNAP benefits. Check how much HIP you have used each month by calling the number on the back of your card or by looking at a HIP purchase receipt.

What kind of vendors process HIP?

You can earn HIP incentives at participating:

  • Farmers’ market vendor booths
  • Farmers’ markets
  • Farm stands
  • Mobile markets
  • Community supported agriculture (CSA) farm share programs

What is a CSA farm share?

HIP CSA farm shares are a way for you to buy a weekly basket of HIP-eligible produce via an automatic, monthly SNAP payment. To join a CSA farm share program, you must sign up in advance.

What food is eligible for HIP?

Any variety of fruits and vegetables are eligible for HIP, as long as they do not contain added salt, sugar, fat or oil. Eligible HIP products include fruits and vegetables that are:

  • Fresh
  • Canned
  • Dried
  • Frozen
  • In seed/seedling form

How to find HIP authorized locations

To find a list of HIP authorized farms and vendors, visit the MassGrown Map.

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.

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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