The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) a grant through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program to expand its Healthy Incentives Pilot into a Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) that will serve participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) statewide. The program will provide a 100 percent incentive – a dollar-for-dollar match – for each SNAP dollar spent on targeted fruits and vegetables purchased at farmers’ markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs statewide. These incentives will be calculated and instantly applied to the SNAP recipient’s EBT card, and information on the incentive earned and SNAP account balance will be provided on the accompanying receipt. The maximum incentive that can be earned each month will be based on household size. Households with 1-2 members will be capped at $40, households with 3-5 members will be capped at $60, and households with 6 or more members will be capped at $80.  Maria Infante of Project BREAD presented on HIP at the UMass Extension SNAP-Ed Office in Raynham on March 20, 2017. Click here for a one-hour-and-sixteen-minute video of the presentation. Click here for an earlier presentation held in Fall River. For more information about the program, contact Maria Infante at 617-239-2583.

(Top row)  UMass Extension SNAP-ED Program Site Supervisor Andrea Gulezian welcomes the group to her office in Raynham for the ninety-minute presentation. (Middle Row) Fall River WIC Program Outreach Coordinator Lisa Alves talks with Fall River Mass in Motion Coordinator Julianne Kelly waits for Maria Infante of Project BREAD to begin the presentation as Jane Feroli and Mary Ellen Kirrane of the Brockton Public Schools listen. (Bottom row) Taunton Mass in Motion Coordinator Heather Rios-Pistoor, New Bedford Mass in Motion Market Assistant Dawn DiMarco, Marcia Richards of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, and Carole Guerin of UMass Extension participate in the session with Maria.    

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