Everyone needs access to healthy food, and 3SquaresVT is there to help families and individuals put food on the table. 3SquaresVT provides a monthly benefit for food purchases through a debit card that can be used at most supermarkets, grocery stores, and over 40 farmers markets throughout the state, making it easy for households to use them. About 1 in 8 families in Vermont currently receive 3SquaresVT benefits.
A household of four earning up to $3,739 a month (in 2016) may be eligible for 3SquaresVT, and households can have a savings account or own an asset like a car or home and still qualify. Income limits are higher for households that include someone aged 60+ or with a disability, or those with children that also get the VT Earned Income Tax Credit. Families with school-age children who qualify for 3SquaresVT also qualify for free school lunches, helping to stretch their food budget even further. Many Vermont residents are eligible and don’t know it, so anyone having trouble meeting their food expenses is advised to contact our Family Services staff to get assistance with an application. You can also visit http://dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/3SquaresVT to find out if you qualify.
In the spring and summer months, SEVCA and the other four Community Action Agencies in Vermont work in conjunction with local farmers markets to make fresh produce available to individuals and families through the Vermont Farm-to-Family program. Coupons for use at the markets are distributed by SEVCA to eligible households on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact us in May or early June to find out when we will have coupons available. In addition, many farmers markets participate in the Crop Cash Incentive program, providing an additional $10 to households who use their 3SquaresVT benefits at the market. Check here for a list of participating farmers markets: http://nofavt.org/cropcash/participatingmarkets.