GREAT NEWS! We are seeing tremendous progress on the MA Local Food Action plan and in funding that provides a 100 percent match for each SNAP dollar spent on eligible fruits and vegetables purchased at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and CSA programs in Massachusetts. The Food Project played a key role at our farmers markets in the early creation and development of SNAP matching programs starting in 2006, and we need YOUR help to realize our vision of a state-wide SNAP--matching program.
Rep. Paul Schmid, from Westport, has sponsored an amendment to the House budget for $1.48 million to support Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) project costs. He needs co-sponsors to help support this bill and insure that it gets funded.
You can help by contacting your Representatives and asking them to contact Rep. Schmid’s aide, Stephanie McCarthy, at 617-722-2210 or email her at Stephanie.McCarthy@mahouse.gov to let her know that they would like to co-sponsor his amendment to support the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). Stephanie needs to have all co-sponsors by 2pm on Friday. Click here to find your Representative.
Read the MA Food System Collaborative's letter supporting public funding of the FINI Trust (signed by 53 MA food organizations including The Food Project).
In 2015, Massachusetts was chosen to receive a $3.4 million USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant to support the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). This effort will provide a 100 percent incentive match for each SNAP dollar that a participant spends on eligible local fruits and vegetables purchased at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs throughout Massachusetts over a period of three years.
- The state of Massachusetts received a $3.4 million USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant to provide incentives for SNAP recipients to purchase fresh, healthy, local foods at farmers markets, CSAs,farmstands, and mobile markets.
- To access the grant money, more than $2.7 million in matching funds must be raised.
- This amendment asks for $1.48 million to cover project costs. The remainder will be raised from private sources.
- The Healthy Incentives Program will mean:
- More fresh, healthy, local food for thousands of families receiving SNAP benefits who will receive a dollar-for-dollar match on those purchases so they can buy more food.
- More sales for local farmers, better enabling them to reinvest that money in their local communities, steward their land, and protect our natural resources.