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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Healthy Incentives Program Reinstated

On Monday, May 21, Gov. Charlie Baker granted the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) $2.15 million in supplemental funding to finish off its fiscal year, which will in turn help a successful Island Grown Initiative (IGI) program carry on its mission.

Martha's Vineyard Times

May 30, 2018

Gobi Announces Passage of Two Food Policy Initiatives

Senator Anne Gobi announced the passage of a pair of Senate budget initiatives targeted at increasing access to fresh, local foods. The two initiatives are the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) and Buy Local.

GoLocalWorcester

May 27, 2018

Nurture Nature Center Gets Grant to Make Fruit and Veggies More Affordable

Democratic U.S. Rep Matt Cartwright announced Wednesday that Easton’s Nurture Nature Center received a $267,394 federal grant to help make fruits and vegetables more affordable for low-income families participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture and is distributed by the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program (FINI).

The Morning Call

August 9, 2017