SNAP, known as 3SquaresVT in Vermont, provides monthly benefits to low-income Vermonters to help pay for the cost of food.
3SquaresVT is available for everyone who qualifies, including individuals, families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Benefits may vary depending on your household size, income, and expenses. In Vermont, families of three with no income may receive up to $355 in monthly benefits.
In order to qualify for 3SquaresVT, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Live in Vermont
- Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
- Show proof of identity
- Meet certain income guidelines
ABAWD recipients may only receive 3SquaresVT benefits for up to 3 months within 36 months without meeting the work requirements.
If you get 3SquaresVT, you may be eligible for Jobs for Independence (JFI) — a free job readiness and training pilot program.
How do I apply for food stamps in Vermont?
Application for 3SquaresVT can be made online via myBenefits or in person at your local district office. After your application is filed, an interview will be arranged, either by phone or in person, to determine your eligibility.
If eligible, you will receive an EBT Card, called “Vermont Express”, which can be used to buy eligible food items at participating stores and farmers’ markets.
Children whose families get 3SquaresVT, in any amount, automatically get free school meals if their school participates in the federal school breakfast or lunch program.
What if I need emergency food stamps?
If you are in a household with less than $150 in monthly gross income and have less than $100 cash on hand, you may be able to get Expedited 3SquaresVT within 7 days.
If you are a senior and in need of food assistance, please call the Vermont Senior Helpline at 1-800-642-5119. An outreach worker may come to your home to help you fill out an application.