3SquaresVT


grocery shoppingEat healthy with a little help from 3SquaresVT!

3SquaresVT can help you stretch your food budget so you can put three healthy meals on your table every day. 


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


Who is eligible?

You may be eligible for 3SquaresVT if:

  • Your gross household income is equal to or less than 185% of the federal poverty level (FPL) — regardless of the resources you own.
  • Your gross household income is over 185% of FPL but your household includes someone age 60+ or with a disability. We will consider the resources you own (e.g., bank accounts and vehicles) with some exceptions (e.g., 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're eligible is to apply.


family shopping for foodHow 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 tell 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 additional documents to verify certain information. Please send copies. Originals may not be returned.

What if I have questions? Need help applying?

  • Call 1-800-479-6151 (Monday to Thursday, 8AM to  5:45 PM and Friday, 8AM – 4:15 PM);
  • Visit a district office during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 7:45AM to  4:30 PM); 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.


older man eating lunchHow does the monthly payment work?

If anyone in your household is under 65, your monthly benefit will be added to an EBT card that can be used to buy eligible food items at participating 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.


Free Job Readiness and Training

If you get 3SquaresVT, you may be eligible for Jobs for Independence (JFI) — a free job readiness and training pilot program.   We can help even if you don't have stable housing, have a mental health issue, are struggling with substance abuse or recovery, and have a criminal record.


Additional Benefit For Families with School-Age Children

If you're 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 (or SNAP), a program of the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA).


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

This institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex and in some cases religion or political beliefs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also prohibits discrimination 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:

  •  Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 0250-9410
  • Fax: (202) 690-7442
  • Email: program.intake@usda.gov

For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers (click the link for a listing of hotline numbers by State); found online at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/contact_info/hotlines.htm.

To file a complaint of discrimination regarding a program receiving Federal financial assistance through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), write: HHS Director, Office for Civil Rights, Room 515-F, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201 or call (202) 619-0403 (voice) or (800) 537-7697 (TTY).

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.