Eat healthy with a little help from 3SquaresVT!

3SquaresVT is a federal USDA program that can help stretch your food budget so you can put three healthy meals on your table every day.

Vermonters Age 60 & Over

If you're age 60 or over, click here to go to a page specifically for you!

Who is eligible for 3SquaresVT?

You may be eligible if:

  • Your gross household income is equal to or less than 185% of the federal poverty level —regardless of the resources you own.
  • Your gross household income is over that limit as long as your household includes someone age 60+ or with a disability. However, we would consider bank accounts or other resources you own, except for some things like your home and certain retirement accounts.
  • You have children and get the Vermont Earned Income Tax Credit.

The best way to find out if you are eligible is to apply.

How do I apply for 3SquaresVT?

  1. Apply one of three ways:
    1. ONLINE: Click here to go to our online application.
    2. BY MAIL: Call 1-800-479-6151 or visit a district office to get a paper application.
    3. IN PERSON: Apply in person at your local district office.
  2. Participate in an interview. You’ll have to complete an interview — by phone or in person — before we can make a decision about your eligibility. We'll inform you about the interview process after you apply.
  3. Send any additional documents requested. After you submit your application, we may ask you to provide further documentation (e.g., driver’s license, ID card, immigration documents, pay stubs, bills, forms, etc.) to verify certain information. Please send copies of personal documents. Originals may not be returned.

What if I have questions? Need help applying?

Call 1-800-479-6151 during business hours ((Monday to Thursday, 8AM to  5:45 PM, Fridays, 8AM – 4:15 PM). You can also visit a district office or click here for a list of other organizations that can help.

How much can I get?

The benefits you may receive will depend on your household size, income, and expenses.

The average monthly benefit per household is about $235.

How does the monthly payment work?

If anyone in your household is under 65, your monthly benefit will be added to an EBT card called Vermont Express. It can be used to buy food at many stores and farmers' markets much like you'd use a bankcard or credit card. Click here to get more information about how the card works and where you can use it.

If everyone in your household is 65 or older or receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your benefits will be deposited as cash directly into your bank account.

Using 3SquaresVT to buy food is easy and convenient.

Additional Benefit For Families with School-Age Children

If you are eligible for a monthly benefit, have a school-age child, AND your child's school participates in a federal meals program, we will notify the school that your child qualifies for free meals, unless you ask us not to. You won't have to fill out the school's meal application form.

Other Food Help

3SquaresVT is Vermont's name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Formerly called food stamps, it is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture,Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

  1. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

  1. Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.