food affordability in lynn
Local, healthy produce can be expensive but Lynn Grows is looking for ways to make it more affordable, particularly for low-income families. At Lynn farmers markets, you can find produce that competes with with grocery store prices. Additionally, families who qualify for SNAP/EBT (formerly food stamps) can use their benefits to pay for produce at farmers markets and to buy a CSA box share. These families are also eligible for the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). Read more about HIP below.
Healthy incentives program (HIP)
All SNAP recipients are automatically enrolled in HIP. HIP is a matching program that recipients can use at farmers markets, farm stands, and CSA’s to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Depending on your household size, you can spend up to $40, $60, or $80 and have it go directly back onto your EBT card. HIP funding will run out in April 2018, however, we hope that funding will resume during the summer.
o For more information and updates about the status of HIP funding, check out mass.gov/hip