Across the United States, many families and individuals struggle with food insecurity. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps alleviate this issue by enabling participants to stretch their food dollars and purchase healthier foods.

The Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program was established in 2014 to boost local economies, while simultaneously helping to further increase access to healthy food and address hunger challenges. By adding financial incentives to encourage SNAP participants to purchase more fruits and vegetables, these families and individuals are able to improve their diets overall.

The reality is that two-thirds of SNAP participants are children, the elderly and people with disabilities. We must advocate for the necessary funds to add these financial incentives so that all SNAP participants are able to purchase more fruits and vegetables. Together, we can we can drive economic growth for local farmers and businesses and build a healthier community.

Throughout this toolkit, you’ll find information and resources that can help you advocate for this issue and increase awareness about the benefits of SNAP incentives. Here at Voices for Healthy Kids, we want to work with advocates like you to spur healthy changes in local communities nationwide.

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Massachusetts Funds Healthy Incentives Program!

News from Massachusetts! Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed the FY20 budget with $6.5 million for the Healthy Incentives Program

August 6, 2019

More News from Hawaii: Governor Signs SNAP Bill!

Yesterday, Governor Ige signed Act 153 into law, which will invest $100,000 of state funds into sustaining and expanding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP) “double-up” programs!

 

June 27, 2019

Breaking News: Prince George’s County, MD Announces Expansion of the Maryland Market Money Program

Yesterday, the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services announced the expansion of the Maryland Market Money Program in Prince George’s County, an initiative that allows those receiving federal nutrition benefits to receive matching dollars when buying from local farmers markets.

May 31, 2019