Vermont’s 3SquaresVT Food Program and the COVID-19 Coronavirus Crisis

During the pandemic, if you got 3SquaresVT benefits, you got extra “emergency allotment” payments. The last of these payments will be issued in mid-March 2023 to boost February’s benefit. In April 2023, you will get only one payment – just like before the pandemic. Learn more on the Vermont Food Help website.

3SquaresVT (known under federal law as the SNAP program and known commonly as “food stamps”) is available to help you meet your family’s food needs.

Even if you have never received 3SquaresVT before, you should apply if your income has changed and your family is experiencing food insecurity.

Important notes

My income has changed. What should I do?

  • Report the change right away to the Benefits Service Center. They may be able to accept “self-declaration” of your change in income.
  • If your income changes again later, because you go back to work, or because you start getting unemployment compensation, be sure to call the Benefits Service Center again to update them on your new income.

Will I still have to do recertification paperwork or an interview during the pandemic?

  • Yes. Contact the Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151 if you have questions about deadlines.

My benefits are getting reduced or terminated (stopped). What should I do?

  • Call the Benefits Service Center to find out if you need to send in paperwork, provide additional information, or take some other action step to solve the problem. 
  • If that does not solve the problem, you can contact us for help. Call us at 1-800-889-2047 or fill out our form
  • You can also ask for a fair hearing to dispute the termination or reduction of benefits through the Benefits Service Center. Ask for “aid continuing” if you’d like to continue to get the same amount of benefits until the date of your hearing.

Learn more

  • Hunger Free Vermont posts information about how to access food, including meals for school children and seniors, WIC, foodbanks and 3SquaresVT.
  • Call 2-1-1 to ask about ways to get help with food.
  • Visit the 3SquaresVT pages on this website. Learn who is eligible, how to apply, and what to do if your application is denied or benefits were reduced.
Updated: Jan 06, 2023