Food Assistance: Extra benefits at the Market

Increase your purchasing power at the Market

We double SNAP purchases up to $25, double WIC and Senior FMNP coupons, and have vendors in the HIP program. See details on this page. Donations supports programs like these.

WIC and Senior FMNP couponsFarmers' Market Coupons graphic

We match WIC and Senior FMNP coupons. Take them to a participating vendor, and you can spend double the amount of the coupons. We reimburse the vendor for the match. Details, including eligibility (at mass.gov).

HIP (Healthy Incentives Program)HIP program logo

Get an instant credit on your SNAP account. Buy fruits and vegetables directly from a participating vendor and your SNAP account will be credited for the amount of your purchase – no charge! There is a monthly maximum, depending on your household size: 1–2 people: $40 per month; 3–5 people: $60 per month; 6 or more: $80 per month.

Example: Buy apples, tomatoes and corn with your SNAP/EBT card. If you spend $12, you’ll instantly get $12 put back into your account. This assumes that you have the purchase amount in your account.

Then, use SNAP funds to buy other eligible products at the Market (see below).

Questions? Read  details about HIP (at mass.gov). Call Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline: 888-645-8333; trained staff are available to answer questions in multiple languages. Or write to the Department of Transitional Assistance DTA.HIP@state.ma.us.

More information: Download our 1-page flyer describing how to use SNAP and HIP at the Belmont Farmers’ Market: HIP and SNAP flyer – English, and HIP and SNAP flyer_Chinese, and HIP and SNAP flyer – Russian and HIP and SNAP flyer – Spanish.
(You need Acrobat Reader for the flyer.)

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

We match SNAP benefits up to $25. Here’s how it works:

  • Take your SNAP card to the Market Manager’s tent.SNAP logo
  • The manager will swipe your card in the card reader, and the amount you specify is  deducted from your account.
  • The manager will then give you certificates to shop with. You get certificates for twice the amount that was deducted from your account, up to $25 per day, while matching funds are available.
  • You may use the certificates on any SNAP-approved items. There’s plenty of produce, meat, fish, cheese, bread and more.
  • Example: If you planned to spend $10, your account is debited for $10, and we’ll double that and give you certificates worth $20 to spend at our Market!
  • Get full details at the Market Managers’ tent at the Belmont Farmers’ Market.

Matching funds come from generous donations and grants. We matched over $11,000 between 2011 and 2016. Read more about our Food Assistance programs.

Applying for SNAP and using it

SNAP, formerly Food Stamps, is a federal program run by the Mass. Department of Transitional Assistance. SNAP means “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program”.

See the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ page with information on eligibility and applying and the USDA details about what you can and cannot buy with SNAP benefits.

Help us fund programs like these

The Belmont Food Collaborative is the parent organization of the Market. BFC funds this program partly with donations from generous donations and grants. Make a tax-deductible donation to the Belmont Food Collaborative to help our outreach programs.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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