Everyone needs access to healthy food, and 3SquaresVT is there to help families and individuals put food on the table. 3SquaresVT provides a monthly benefit for food purchases through a debit card that can be used at most supermarkets, grocery stores, and over 40 farmers markets throughout the state, making it easy for households to use them. About 1 in 8 families in Vermont currently receive 3SquaresVT benefits.
A household of four earning up to $3,746 a month (in 2017) may be eligible for 3SquaresVT, and households can have a savings account or own an asset like a car or home and still qualify. Income limits are higher for households that include someone aged 60+ or with a disability, or those with children that also get the VT Earned Income Tax Credit. Families with school-age children who qualify for 3SquaresVT also qualify for free school lunches, helping to stretch their food budget even further. Many Vermont residents are eligible and don’t know it, so anyone having trouble meeting their food expenses is advised to contact our Family Services staff to get assistance with an application. You can also visit http://dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/3SquaresVT to find out if you qualify.
In the spring and summer months, SEVCA and the other four Community Action Agencies in Vermont work in conjunction with local farmers markets to make fresh produce available to individuals and families through the Vermont Farm-to-Family program. Coupons for use at the markets are distributed by SEVCA to eligible households on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact us in May or early June to find out when we will have coupons available. In addition, many farmers markets participate in the Crop Cash Incentive program, providing up to an additional $10 to households who use their 3SquaresVT benefits at the market. Check here for a list of participating farmers markets: http://nofavt.org/cropcash/participatingmarkets.
URGENT INFORMATION for 3SQUARESVT Recipients!
People will still receive their 3SquaresVT benefits for now, but for those recertifying or applying for benefits at this time, ALL INTERVIEWS NEED TO BE COMPLETED AND DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED BY JAN. 15! An ongoing government shutdown could affect March benefits, so please continue to check information at Hunger Free Vermont for updates.
SEVCA complies with the following U.S. Department of Agriculture Nondiscrimination Statement:
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs).
Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.
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 responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or 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 discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html 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:
(1) mail: U.S. Department ofAgriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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