3SquaresVT can help you put healthy, nutritious foods on your table every day!
You may be eligible if:
- Your gross household income is equal to or less than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level. OR
- You have children and get the VT Earned Income Tax Credit.
If your household includes someone 60+ or with a disability:
You may still qualify if your income is over limit, but we'll consider the resources you own (e.g., bank accounts and vehicles) — with some exceptions (e.g., your home and certain retirement accounts). Definition of disability.
If EVERYONE applying is at least 60 years old or getting disability benefits:
You may qualify for 3SquaresVT in a SNAP - a new, easier way to get and keep 3SquaresVT benefits.
Apply one of three ways:
- ONLINE: Complete our online application.
- BY MAIL: Call 1-800-479-6151 to request a paper application.
- IN PERSON: Apply at your local district office.
If you have questions or need help applying:
- Call 1-800-479-6151 (M-TH from 8AM-6PM and FRIDAY from 8AM–4:15PM).
- Visit an ESD District Office (Monday to Friday, 7:45AM - 4:30 PM).
- If you are age 60+, you can also call the Vermont Helpline at 1-800-642-5119.
How much you can get:
It depends on your household size, income, and expenses.
- The average monthly benefit per household is about $235.
- The average monthly benefit for a senior living alone is about $163.
How monthly payments work:
- If anyone in your household is under 65, your benefits will be added to a Vermont EBT Card.
- If everyone in your household is 65 or older or receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your benefits will be deposited as cash into your bank account.
If you get 3SquaresVT:
- You qualify for free employment and training supports through ICAN.
- Your children may qualify for free meals at school.
They'll qualify as long as you get a monthly 3SquaresVT benefit and your child's school participates in a federal meals program. We'll notify the school that your child qualifies, 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: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/filing-program-discrimination-complaint-usda-customer, 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: https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/state-directory.
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.