We support programs that increase the purchasing power of people receiving benefits from the state: SNAP, HIP, WIC and Senior FMNP. Your donation supports programs like these.
WIC and Senior FMNP coupons
We match WIC and Senior FMNP coupons. Take them to a vendor selling eligible products 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)
Buy fruits and vegetables directly from a participating vendor and get an instant credit on your SNAP account. No coupons are needed. 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.
Once you meet your monthly maximum, you may still use SNAP funds to buy other eligible product at the Market. Be sure to visit our Market Manager’s tent for matching coupons (see below). Details about HIP (at mass.gov).
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
We also match SNAP benefits up to $25. Here’s how it works:
- Take your SNAP card to the Market Manager’s tent.
- 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’ve matched over $10,000 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”.
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.