Are you a Massachusetts resident receiving SNAP benefits?
Are you interested in purchasing fresh local food?
Enroll today in the World PEAS CSA program and get a box of fresh, locally grown produce every week between June and October, for just $40 per month with the Healthy Incentives Program rebate!
Visit our SNAP CSA FAQ page for more information.
Since 2016, World PEAS CSA has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance to offer a SNAP CSA program, making fresh, local produce more affordable and accessible to our community members. In 2017, DTA started the Healthy Incentives Program, providing families with more purchasing power and local farmers with more income.
The SNAP CSA share program offers the opportunity for SNAP recipients to pay for their World PEAS CSA share with their SNAP benefits.
The Healthy Incentives Program helps you earn more SNAP dollars: when you use your SNAP/EBT card to buy fresh/locally grown fruits and vegetables at farmers’markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and CSA farm share programs, you will earn extra money on your SNAP/EBT card, and that money is put right back on your card that same day.
One World PEAS SNAP CSA share costs $80 a month, with $40 coming from SNAP benefits and $40 from a rebate of the Healthy Incentives Program. SNAP CSA customers receive a weekly farm share filled with fresh, local fruits and vegetables. CSA payments are debited from the SNAP CSA customers' EBT accounts automatically each month. When a SNAP household joins the CSA, they fill out the forms to set up the automatic monthly debiting for the whole season: that means no EBT terminals or manual vouchers are needed to pick up the shares. The full monthly value of the farm share is $114, but we are able to subsidize this price and lower the cost to $80 per month. This price has increased from 2016 because we want to make this program financially sustainable. We hope that by subsidizing each share, we can increase accessibility.
CSA shares include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables each week. The types of fruits and vegetables in the share change depending on what is in season. World PEAS CSA staff work with farmers to design the share, ensuring the contents of the box reflect a week’s worth of produce for cooking and snacking. Generally, each share contains enough produce to feed 2 to 3 people, but is also a great way for larger families to add more fruits and vegetables into their diets. Customers determine their pick-up site prior to the season from any one of our 12 community delivery locations in Lowell and Greater Boston. On delivery day, customers receive an e-newsletter containing recipes, storage information, and updates for our farmers. Check out our “What is a CSA?” page to learn more.
To enroll, individuals must fill out our Membership Agreement prior to June 29.