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2022 Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) Notice of Opportunity (NOO)

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is accepting applications to strategically onboard new agricultural vendors and access points for the Healthy Incentives Program.

  • Application period is open April 21 to June 8, 2022.

  • Both new HIP-eligible vendors and existing HIP vendors may apply.

  • To apply and read more information, visit:

  • To submit questions about the HIP NOO, please email

Priority Communities: those living in areas designated as food deserts and/or environmental justice communities as well as areas with relatively few HIP access points relative to their SNAP client populations.

Priority Populations: those for whom food insecurity has been historically disproportionate and rates of chronic disease high, including but not limited to, SNAP clients with disabilities and/or Black SNAP clients, who have historically accessed fewer HIP locations compared to other client populations.

SNAP Equipment Grant, Spring/Summer Application Round 2022

Free mobile SNAP processing equipment from Novo Dia Group is available to direct-marketing farms and farmers’ markets through DTA, in collaboration with MDAR and with financial support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

  • Eligibility is limited to SNAP-authorized farms and farmers’ markets that do not currently have working equipment received through previous federal grants.

  • Application period is open April 20 to September 23, 2022, or earlier if funds run out.

  • Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

  • To apply and read more info:

  • For questions about the SNAP equipment grant, please email

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Updated: May 20, 2022

The MetroWest Food Collaborative recently joined the Common Apps Coalition, which is led by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and the National Association of Social Workers - MA Chapter. The Common Apps Coalition is advocating for the creation of a true Common Application - or a “no wrong door” policy - for public benefits in the Commonwealth. This will allow low-income Massachusetts families the option to apply for more available needs-based benefits and reduce duplication of information and verifications. This campaign builds upon advocacy done by the SNAP Gap Coalition, which succeeded in an important step towards closing the “SNAP Gap” by allowing low-income residents applying for healthcare to be able to seamlessly use their MassHealth or Medicare Savings Program applications for SNAP benefits. A true common application is the final step to help our state's most vulnerable residents meet all of their basic needs, including fuel assistance, childcare, WIC, state veterans’ services, and more. In order to cross the finish line, we are urging members of the House and Senate to include outside section language in the FY23 budget to ensure permanent change. Other states have done this, and we believe Massachusetts has the smarts and technology skills to get this done.

FY23 Budget Fact Sheet Common App Campaign
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FY23 Senate Budget Amendment #625 - Common App Fact Sheet
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The MetroWest Food Collaborative supports the Healthy Incentives Program and “An Act Relative to an Agricultural Healthy Incentives Program” (S.108/ H.250). The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative, has led the Campaign for HIP Funding for five years. HIP leverages federal SNAP funds by incentivizing SNAP recipients’ purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables directly from farmers, improving health outcomes for vulnerable communities and increasing sales for local farms. This bill will establish the framework for the program’s long-term sustainability.

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