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Huge success in HIP-Land! HIP Update from MA Food Systems Collaborative on Supplemental Budget

Important information from our friends at the MA Food Systems Collaborative - House passes $2M more in supp budget!  Please THANK your Rep and call your Senator this week!
 
And be sure to put the HIP Lobby Day on your calendar: Thursday, March 19th,  Room 437 State House. The campaign goal is to include $10.5 million for HIP in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget. Contact Rebecca Miller if Qs and RSVP through this form
 

 

 

Hi, HIP coalition!

 

Today the House passed a supplemental funding package that includes an additional $2 million for HIP for this fiscal year, along with language that would require that the suspension be lifted within 20 days of final passage and that the program operate on a year-round basis. This is a huge indication that all of your advocacy is being heard and that legislators understand the value of this program.

 

There are still several more steps before this could become a reality - the Senate will take up the bill next, the Governor will review and sign it, and any differences between the three will have to be resolved. Please take a few minutes to do a few things to build on this momentum:

   

We will keep you updated as this bill progresses.

 

Thank you for all of your hard work in support of HIP!

 

Sample FB post/Tweet:

THANK YOU [rep’s handle] for supporting healthy families and sustainable farms with additional funding for HIP in today’s supplemental budget. Everyone deserves access to fresh, healthy, local food year-round!