SNAP/HIP/WIC & Other Benefits
At The Food Project, we believe that food is a right. We strive to be on the forefront of food systems policy, advocating for and helping to create programs and policies to ensure that fresh, healthy, local produce is accessible to all.
We are proud to accept SNAP benefits as payment for CSA farm shares. Additionally, we are proud to accept SNAP/EBT, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupons, and WIC at all of our farmers’ markets, and we participate in—and advocate for—the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP).
Leaders in Food Policy
In 2006, The Food Project’s Lynn Central Square Farmers’ Market became one of the first in the country to accept SNAP benefits electronically, and piloted a small SNAP matching program. Two years later, this small program served as a model for the Boston Bounty Bucks program, a dollar-for-dollar matching program for use at Boston-area farmers’ markets. This program demonstrated the demand generated by SNAP-matching for consumers and expanded the opportunity for Massachusetts farmers to sell their harvests locally. It served as the precursor and inspiration for the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), which launched statewide in 2017.
The Success of the Healthy Incentives Program
In 2017 alone, the Healthy Incentives Program helped over 36,000 families gain access to farm-fresh produce. As a result of HIP, SNAP recipients can receive extra SNAP benefits (up to $80 per month depending on household size) for every dollar spent on a CSA share or at farmers’ markets throughout the Commonwealth.
*HIP data via https://mafoodsystem.org/projects/hip-citations/
SNAP/EBT: For more information on obtaining food stamp (SNAP/EBT) assistance, please call 1-866-950-FOOD.
WIC: For information on obtaining WIC assistance, please call 1-800-WIC-1007.
Healthy Incentives Program (HIP): To find food pantries, to ask questions about the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), or to earn more SNAP dollars, please call Project Bread’s Hotline (available in 160 languages) at 1-800-645-8333.