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An easier way for older & disabled Vermonters to access 3SquaresVT – a program that helps you put healthy foods on the table.

You may use this simplified application process only if EVERYONE applying is:

  1. At least 60 years old or getting disability benefits,
  2. Not earning income from a job or self employment, and
  3. Buying food and making meals together.

If you DON'T meet all three criteria above, you must apply for 3SquaresVT using the 202 application. It's available online, at your district office, or by calling 1-800-479-6151.

To get benefits, you have to meet 3SquaresVT eligibility:

This means that your gross household income must be equal to or less than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level.

How to apply:

  1. Print Application (202-3SNP) or call 1-800-479-6151 to request a copy.
  2. Complete and sign it.
  3. Submit it by:
    1. Using the AHS Document Uploader, or
    2. Mailing it to the address on the application, or
    3. Dropping it off at a district office.

If your application is approved:

  • You’ll get money every month that you can use to buy food.
  • You’ll get it as either cash in the bank or on an EBT card that works like a debit card.
  • You get to keep your benefits for three years with no additional paperwork. No annual reviews!

If you have questions or need help applying:

  • Call our Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151.
  • If you are age 60 or older, you can also call the Helpline at 1-800-642-5119.
  • If you have a hearing or speech disability, dial 7-1-1 for the relay service.

Other help available:

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:, 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:

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:

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.

3SquaresVT in a SNAP Partner Resources