Financial Assistance Programs for Food

3SquaresVT is a nutrition program that helps you put healthy food on the table. If you meet income guidelines, you’ll get money every month that you can use to buy food.  You can receive these funds as cash in the bank or on a card just like a debit card. The card can be used at almost 600 stores in Vermont, including many supermarkets, local general stores, convenience stores, and even farmers markets and community-based co-ops. If everyone in your household is 65 years or older, 3SquaresVT benefits may be deposited directly into your bank account and used just like you would use any funds in your account.

3SquaresVT in a SNAP is an even easier program. If everyone in your household is at least 60 years old (or receiving disability benefits), and no one is earning income from employment, the application process is shorter and easier – and you keep your benefits for three years with no additional paperwork!

Crop Cash is a program that allows you to stretch your budget even further!  If you participate in the 3SquaresVT program, you can double your buying power at many Farmer’s Markets! For every dollar in 3SquaresVT that you spend, you will receive a $1 match to spend at the market, up to $20 per day!  Participating markets include Bellows Falls, Brattleboro, Hartland, Ludlow, Norwich, Putney, Townshend, and Woodstock.

Call the Senior Solutions Helpline at 802-885-2669 to find out if you’re eligible and to get help applying for any of the above programs.  For additional details provided by the state, see https://dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/3SquaresVT/60plus

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
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a USDA nutrition program that offers free monthly nutrition boxes containing items such as canned fruits & veggies, fruit juices, cereals, and cheese.  All Vermonters aged 60 and over who meet income guidelines are eligible.  Please call the Vermont Food Bank directly at 1-800-214-4648 for more information, or visit them online at https://www.vtfoodbank.org/share-food/csfp

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