Vermont 3SquaresVT

SNAP, known as 3SquaresVT in Vermont, provides monthly benefits that help income-eligible people and families buy the food they need for healthy diet.

3SquaresVT is available for everyone who qualifies, including individuals, families with childen, seniors, and people with disabilities.

Benefits may vary depending on your household size, income, and expenses. For example, families of three with no income may receive up to $740 in monthly benefits or $440 each month if the family has a net monthly income of $1,000.

  • Family Size SNAP Benefits
  • 1 $281
  • 2 $516
  • 3 $740
  • 4 $939
  • 5 $1,116
  • 6 $1,339
  • 7 $1,480
  • 8 $1,691

The actual SNAP benefit amounts are based on a household's net income with a general rule that an increase of $100 in net income results in a reduction of $30 in benefits.


Who is eligible for SNAP in Vermont? #

In order to qualify for 3SquaresVT, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in Vermont
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. 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.

What is the income limit for SNAP in Vermont? #

Most families in Vermont with gross income up to 185% of the federal poverty level, about $3,833 a month for a family of three, qualify for 3SquaresVT/SNAP.

Family Size 100% 185%
1 $1,215 $2,248
2 $1,643 $3,040
3 $2,072 $3,833
4 $2,500 $4,625
5 $2,928 $5,418
6 $3,357 $6,210
7 $3,785 $7,003
8 $4,213 $7,795

Gross income limit applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income.

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 gross monthly 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.

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