Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP)
The Food, Nutrition and Conservation Act of 2008 (also known as the Farm Bill) authorized $20 million for pilot projects to evaluate health and nutrition promotion in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to determine if incentives provided to SNAP recipients at the point-of-sale increase the purchase of fruits, vegetables or other healthful foods. FNS refers to this effort as the Healthy Incentives Pilot or HIP. SNAP was formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.
Hampden County, Massachusetts was
selected as the Healthy Incentives Pilot
(HIP) site. Hampden County is a
mix of twenty-seven urban, suburban and
rural cities and towns and approximately
50,000 SNAP households. The
Majority of SNAP participants are in the
areas of Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee
and West Springfield.
The Pilot ended as of December 31, 2012. HIP operated for 14 months, from November 2011 through December 2012. Each of the households randomly selected to participate in HIP were able to earn the incentive for 12 months.