What is the Healthy Incentives Program? The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) provides you with an additional monthly SNAP benefit when you buy farm-fresh fruits and vegetables at the West Tisbury Farmer’s Market, participating farm stands, or the Island Grown Initiative Mobile Market. Spend your SNAP dollars at participating HIP retailers and have the amount of your purchase instantly added back to your EBT card!
How does the program work?
Using your SNAP benefits at one of the participating HIP retailers lets you earn additional dollars in SNAP benefits for each dollar you spend on HIP eligible fruits and vegetables, up to your monthly cap. You can see the amount of HIP benefits earned on your receipt after making each HIP purchase.
How many additional SNAP dollars can I earn each month?
Your monthly cap depends upon your household size. Households of 1-2 can earn up to $40 per month, 3-5 members $60, and households with 6 or more members can earn up to $80.
How do I participate in HIP?
All SNAP beneficiaries are automatically enrolled in HIP€”there’s no need to fill out any additional applications to participate. Just bring your EBT card to participating HIP retailers and start earning your additional benefits while enjoying healthy, delicious, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables.
Where can I redeem HIP benefits on the Vineyard?
At the West Tisbury Farmer’s Market: Both Morning Glory Farm and Slip Away Farm can process SNAP and HIP benefits right at their farm stands. Visit the information booth at the market for more information.
At the Island Grown Mobile Market: The mobile market will bring reduced-price island grown fruits and vegetables to different neighborhoods across the island during afternoon and evening hours beginning in July. For more information on the schedule and stops, please visit igimv.org.
At participating farm stands: Morning Glory Farm and IGI’s Thimble Farm stands both accept SNAP and HIP. Morning Glory’s stand in Edgartown is open seven days a week into December. For hours and directions please visit http://morninggloryfarm.com/directions-and-hours/.
The IGI farm stand at Thimble Farm in Oak Bluffs is open Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm. For directions and more informaiton, please visit igimv.org.