MA Healthy Food Incentives Program So Popular that It’s Running Out of Money

      Posted On: March 9, 2018

AMHERST, MASS. — A state program that increases access to fresh, local produce for households receiving nutritional assistance is at risk of ending, according to Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton.

Sen. James Eldridge asked Beaton about talk of the end of Healthy Initiatives Program (HIP) due to rapidly spent funds at a Ways and Means Committee budget hearing Monday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“Funding is rapidly running out, there’s no denying that,” said Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux.

“We are a victim of our own success,” Lebeaux later added.

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