Food assistance at the Market
Making sure that everyone has access to fresh, local food is an important part of our mission.
We double SNAP (Food Stamps), WIC (moms & babies) and FMNP (seniors). Most of our farmers participate in the HIP program. See below for details; get full information at the Manager’s Tent.
Your donations help us achieve this goal.
“The financial help with the matching is great. I was able to eat well because of your market.”
– A SNAP shopper
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
We match SNAP benefits up to $20 at BFM. Here’s how it works:
Take your SNAP card to the Market Manager’s tent.
The manager will swipe your card, and your amount is deducted from your account.
You get certificates for twice the amount that was deducted from your account, up to $20 per Market day.
Use the certificates on any SNAP-approved items.
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!
Applying for SNAP and using it
SNAP, formerly Food Stamps, is a federal program run by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance.
WIC and Senior FMNP coupons
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 provides free fruits and vegetables to SNAP recipients who buy directly from a participating farmer. 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 directly from a HIP vendor, using your SNAP 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.)
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.
HIP & SNAP at our Market: Read our document about using these benefits at the Belmont Farmers’ Market:
HIP & SNAP in English • HIP & SNAP in Chinese • HIP & SNAP in Spanish • HIP & SNAP in Russian
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We depend on donations
All matching programs are in effect while funds are available.
Donations help us run this and other programs.