Secretary Vilsack also announced the selection of Abt Associates, Inc. of Cambridge, Mass. as the independent contractor to evaluate HIP. The evaluation will focus on whether incentives increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables and how participants' overall diets are affected. Researchers will also study HIP effects on the State, retailers and other SNAP stakeholders and assess the feasibility of implementing HIP nationwide.
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will provide Federal oversight of the pilot and evaluation. FNS oversees the administration of 15 nutrition assistance programs. These programs serve one in four Americans over the course of a year and work in concert to form a national safety net against hunger. SNAP, the largest of these programs, helps more than 40 million Americans each month put healthy food on the table. Visit www.fns.udsa.gov for information about FNS and nutrition assistance programs.