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.
The Texas Legislature passed HB 1834, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) incentives legislation. The bill requires the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to conduct a study on local SNAP incentive programs and make recommendations on how these programs can be expanded across the state.
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.
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.
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).