Financial Assistance Programs for Food

Summer Food Programs

Senior Solutions sponsors and supports many summer food programs for older Vermonters in our community. Access to healthy food is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle. Often seniors struggle with getting fresh and healthy vegetables. These programs provide a way for our community to access food for free or at a very low cost. Please reach out to us for any questions or to enroll.

LOCALLY YOURS is funded through a grant from the Vermont Agency on Agriculture.  In this program, local farms deliver fresh produce weekly at our partner sites for throughout the growing season. There is no income limitation or registration through Senior Solutions; however, the host site may have some paperwork.  Clients should be directed to their local participating meal site for details on pickup days, season starting day, and any registration.

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FARM-TO-FAMILY COUPONS is a state program that is age and income based.  This is a $48 ticket book of coupons for use at participating farmer’s markets. To receive the coupons, clients must complete an application allowing Senior Solutions to obtain the coupon books on their behalf  The program begins July 1, apps will be available  June 1.  Clients can receive an application by calling our HelpLine or visiting us at an outreach event.

SENIOR FARMSHARES are operated and arranged by the Northeast Organic Farming Association in partnership with senior housing sites.

CSFP (COMMODITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD PROGRAM) is a Vermont Food Bank Program that is age (60) and income-based.  It provides boxes of shelf-stable products to qualified seniors, and are distributed at a local “drop site” and need to be picked up by the client.

Vermont Food Bank
The Vermont Food Bank works through local Food Shelves to offer groceries to low-income residents. 

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!


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