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Massachusetts Farmers, Markets To Receive SNAP Benefits

Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Programce
Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program

Massachusetts Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito announced that local farmers will receive SNAP benefits in equipment. This initiative aims to promote SNAP in local markets, says DeForge

Massachusetts Farmers' Market [Photo:]

Massachusetts Farmers’ Market [Photo:]

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced that the administration will grant SNAP equipment worth $95,000 to 65 local farmers and markets. The program has been open for application since April 20 but has already ended last September 30. Since then, this program has already provided $160,000 in benefits. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) offers these benefits, is in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), and is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Farmers and their markets have used this program to receive new or updated SNAP equipment from Novo Dia Group free of charge, according to McCorkindale

Officials’ Statements on the Program

DTA Acting Commissioner Mary Sheehan says the program aims to bring economic support into the food system, farmers, and employees of Massachusetts. This also aims to further develop the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program and introduce additional 100 Healthy Incentives Program vendors. Furthermore, DTA endeavors to encourage more than 600,000 SNAP households to buy food in their communities, says Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders.

According to Paña, the program was applauded by the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, John Lebeaux. This was after the farmers and markets had the opportunity to receive SNAP payments. By being able to do this, the program can introduce new customers to local farms. An increase in access to local foods for the residents of Massachusetts will also be possible.

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