Vermonters age 60 and over can eat healthy and live strong with a little help from 3SquaresVT.
3SquaresVT is a federal USDA program (called SNAP nationally) that can help you put healthy, nutritious foods on your table every day.
Did you know that 3SquaresVT?
- Is like social security. Your tax dollars helped pay for it. Now let it help you.
- Helps the state economy. When you spend your benefits, you support the economy.
- Can help everyone who qualifies. When you get benefits, you don't take them away from anyone else.
Over 13,000 Vermonters age 60 and over get 3SquaresVT.
Who is eligible?
- 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.
- Because your household includes someone age 60 or older, you may still qualify if your income is over that limit; however, we will have to consider your bank accounts and other resources you own (except for things like your home and certain retirement accounts).
The best way to find out if you are eligible is to apply!
How do I apply?
- Apply one of three ways:
- 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.
- 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 Vermont's Senior Helpline at 1-800-642-5119 to get answers to your questions and help applying. An outreach worker can come to your home to help you fill out an application.
- You can also click here for a list of other organizations that can help.
How much can I get?
That depends on your household size, income, and expenses. You may get a higher monthly benefit if you also get fuel assistance or spend more than $35 a month on medical costs that are not covered by insurance. This includes, for example, any copayments you have to make for Medicare, medications, and doctor's visits.
The average monthly benefit for a senior living alone is about $163.
How do monthly payments work?
If everyone in your 3SquaresVT household is 65 or older, your benefits will be deposited as cash directly into your bank account.
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 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.
Using 3SquaresVT to buy food is easy and convenient.
Other Food Help
- Commodity Supplemental Food (free monthly foods)
- Crop Cash (double up to $10 of 3SquaresVT tokens at farmers markets in VT that accept EBT cards)
- Senior Farm Share (help buying fruits & veggies from local farmers)
- VT Foodbank
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:
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.