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The Healthy Incentives Program is so popular, its future is now in doubt

Rebecca Martin used some of the money from the Healthy Incentives Program to start her own garden.
Rebecca Martin used some of the money from the Healthy Incentives Program to start her own garden. (Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe)

For 10 years, disabled single mother Rebecca Martin has depended on a combination of federal benefits, smart shopping, and hard choices to feed herself and her children.

Then, last year the state launched the Healthy Incentives Program, an initiative that gives low-income residents extra money to buy fresh produce from local farmers.

“It didn’t break the cycle of running out of food stamps,” Martin said, “but it did break the cycle of freaking out because I couldn’t feed my kids.”