3SquaresVt (formerly the Food Stamp Program) helps Vermonters stretch their food budgets. With a new name and expanded eligibility, more Vermont seniors than ever may qualify. Eligible participants will receive a plastic card that looks like a credit card (called an Electronic Benefits Transfer or EBT card) which can be used at most grocery stores, convenience stores, farmers markets and community based co-ops. Or, if everyone in the household is 65 years or older, 3SquaresVT benefits may be deposited directly into a bank account. For more details, see http://dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/3SquaresVT/60plus.
If you choose to apply using the internet application, you may want to view the video here that will guide you through the application.
To find out if you may be eligible and to get an application, visit www.vermontfoodhelp.com or call the Senior Helpline at 1-800-642-5119 to get more information, an application, or help completing the application.
Vermont Food Bank
The Vermont Food Bank works through local Food Shelves to offer groceries to low-income residents.
To find your local Food Shelf and learn about local eligibility guidelines, visit www.vtfoodbank.org or phone 211 for guidance.
Federal Supplemental Food Program
What is it? The Commodity Supplemental food program (CSFP) is a USDA nutrition program that offers free monthly nutrition information and nutritious foods like:
- Canned fruits & veggies
- Fruit juices
Who is Eligible?
- 60 years of age or older, living in Vermont and income-eligible
- A child under 6 years of age and not already in the WIC program
- A woman who is pregnant or postpartum for less than a year and not already in the WIC program
- Individual and/or household income will be used to determine eligibility. Each household member may be eligible, and will need to complete an application form.
Please call 1-800-214-4648 or visit online at