Food Assistance: Extra benefits at the Market

Increase your purchasing power at the Market

We double SNAP purchases up to $20. We also double WIC and Senior FMNP coupons, and have vendors in the HIP program. See details below.

Donations support 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 requires that you have the purchase amount in your account.

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

The Legislature has funded HIP through June 30; we’re waiting to see if they fund it in FY 2019, which starts in July.

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: Read a document about using SNAP and HIP at the Belmont Farmers’ Market.
HIP & SNAP in EnglishHIP & SNAP in ChineseHIP & SNAP in SpanishHIP & SNAP in Russian

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SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

We match SNAP benefits up to $20. 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 $20 per Market 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.

This year we will match $20 per shopper each week. We had to reduce the match from $25 to balance our budget because we matched over $10,000 in SNAP and other benefits last year.

Can you help? Matching funds come from generous donations.

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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