3SquaresVT/SNAP Proposed Federal Changes

07 August 2019

Vermont’s Department for Children and Families is opposing the federal government’s proposed rule changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In Vermont this program is called 3SquaresVT. We expect that approximately 5,204 households will lose their 3SquaresVT benefits. This is 13% of the current caseload and equates to an approximate loss of $7.5 million in annual benefits for Vermonters.

These changes would also affect the eligibility for free and reduced meals through the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Households with children that are eligible for 3SquaresVT are automatically enrolled in these programs. This could affect approximately 4,619 children. Households with children who lose their 3SquaresVT eligibility may still qualify for these meal programs through an application and income assessment.

Children who are eligible for 3SquaresVT count towards a school being able to offer free meals to all students through the Community Eligibility Provision. This drop in 3SquaresVT eligibility for children could affect all children in schools who meet this community qualification.

This student data is also used for eligibility in other programs which could be negatively impacted such as:

  • E-rate programs for school and library technology
  • Student loan forgiveness for teachers in low income schools
  • Summer and afterschool meal sites for children/youth ages 0-18
  • Fresh Fruit and Veggie Grant Program for low income elementary schools

Vermont’s Department for Children and Families plans to issue opposition comments to these federally proposed rule changes for SNAP. Comments must be submitted by September 23, 2019.

For more information on the SNAP rule changes and to post comments visit: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FNS-2018-0037-0001  

For updates on 3SquaresVT visit: https://dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/3SquaresVT.

The Vermont Department for Children and Families delivers a wide array of programs and services to Vermonters in areas such as child care, child development, child protection, child support, disability determination, and economic benefits that help meet basic needs.