Act Now! Funding Suspension of Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Programs

Time-sensitive – Please act!

SNAP (formerly ‘food stamps’) and HIP.
Did you know the Farm Direct Coop endeavored to accept the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 5 years ago? We were authorized at that time, and have aided families and individuals ever since. Last year a pilot program called the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) was put in place to encourage healthy eating by incentivizing the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables directly from farms, farmers markets, and CSA’s. When buying fresh fruits and veggies from farmers, markets, and CSA’s, the HIP program matches SNAP funds ranging from $40 to $120 (individuals/families) and instantly reimburses funds back onto the participant’s card. Thus, extending buying capability, the program ensures participants are getting the healthiest foods available.

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Instant Pot Vegetarian Pho

I admit, I’m quickly becoming an Instant Pot junky. It certainly doesn’t replace all of my kitchen appliances as so many profess, but it does make select dishes either faster or tastier. Both are true with this quick and flavorful gluten-free, vegetarian Pho. Bonus – it takes advantage of the widely available sprouts of Spring. For a twist, add mushrooms of choice. Don’t have an instant pot? Simply cook the soup portion on the stove top as you normally would. Recipe by Kara Lydon – check out her blog for some beautiful pictures of her creations.

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