Food Stamp Outreach (3SquaresVT)
3SquaresVT is a federal program that helps Vermonters put healthy, nutritious food on their table. This program 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.
Many more Vermonters qualify for 3SquaresVT but have not yet applied. You might be eligible for benefits and not even know it! A household of four earning up to $4,086 a month (2022 income guidelines) may be eligible for 3SquaresVT. 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. 3SquaresVT is available to everyone who is eligible. We all support the program through our taxes. This allows us to get benefits if and when we need them, much like Medicare and Social Security.
If you could use some extra money for food, please reach out to our Family Services department by calling 800-464-9951 and following the auto-prompt for your local office.
One of our staff members can:
· Provide you with information about the program and how it works.
· Answer all your questions.
· Help you decide if you might be eligible.
· Help you decide if you are eligible to use the simplified application process.
· Provide you with the correct application form.
· Help you gather the information & documents you need to apply.
· Help you to apply or complete a review.
Apply online through Economic Services https://dcf.vermont.gov/esd/applicants/mybenefits .
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