The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has an urgent need for volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of people by volunteering at their local farmers markets, CSAs, and farm stands to help explain a new Massachusetts program called the Healthy Incentive Program, or HIP.
Join the Food Bank for a one time, 1.5 hour training on Wednesday, September 20th, from 9:30-11am, to learn how you can help!
HIP is a program that incentivizes families and individuals receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- formerly known as food stamps) to shop at farmers markets, CSAs, and farm stands. Depending on their household sizes, SNAP recipients can be reimbursed up to $20 for buy fresh produce at their local farmers markets!
HIP has already proven to be wildly successful, pouring thousands of dollars into the local food market while expanding access to fresh, local produce to thousands of families. HIP Ambassadors will help:
- Build relationships with market managers.
- Explain the program to shoppers.
- HIP participants understand their benefits.
- Alleviate the stigma surrounding SNAP in your local community.
- Jump in as needed at the busiest markets in the area!
If you are unable to attend at this time but would like to become a HIP Ambassador, please let Mary Loughlin at the Food Bank know and she will try to set up an individualized training session for you.
Please see the Job Description attached for more information. Contact Ali Brauner, the Food Bank’s Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator with questions firstname.lastname@example.org or 413/247-9738 ext. #135