HIP is a state-funded program. Vendors and each terminal used to process HIP must be enabled individually by DTA. Vendor participation in HIP is limited. The program is currently not accepting new vendors. Contact DTA.HIP@mass.gov to be notified of future opportunities to join the program. Note: All HIP vendors must be authorized to process SNAP.
How do I become a SNAP Retailer?
Complete the USDA application to become an authorized SNAP retailer. This may be completed on line at www.fns.usda.gov/snap/apply-to-accept.
Additional documentation will be needed:
- Picture I.D.
- Social Security Card
If you do not have these, another official document with your name and SSN may be used (all principal business owners may use top page of previous year’s tax return)
On the application, follow instructions as if you are a “Store”, not a Farmers Market until you are given the option to select “Direct Marketing Farmer”. Answer subsequent questions as though your farm is a “store”—fill in times your farm stand is open, days/times you sell at farmers markets, or have CSA pick-ups.
Complete the application to the best of your ability. If you have questions on any section, leave it blank and an FNS staff person will contact you to resolve it.
For questions or assistance, contact USDA at 312-353-6609 or SM.FN.ROB-WC1RetReply@usda.gov
How do I process SNAP and HIP?
Once you have received your SNAP retailer authorization (FNS #), obtain SNAP processing equipment.
Landline and Mobile Equipment Options: Learn more about landline and mobile equipment options available for processing SNAP and HIP, and subsidy programs which may cover some of the costs, here.
SNAP Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Pilot: Learn more about the SNAP CSA Pilot for processing SNAP and HIP without EBT Equipment here.