Updated 5/20/2020 at 3 p.m.
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. Some laws and procedures for the 3SquaresVT program have changed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and more changes are expected soon. We’ll continue to update this page regularly.
- Benefits Service Center staff are available to help, but you can also access a lot of information online and through the telephone self-service system.
- To apply or access information about your benefits
- To send in documents
- Applicant resource center, including frequently used documents
- Phone: 1-800-479-6151
- Extended hours: 8 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
- Wait times are longer than normal to speak to Call Center staff.
- Staff are working overtime to process changes and process new applications.
If you are getting 3SquaresVT benefits now, your benefits may be increased automatically for the months of March, April and May. Vermont has been approved to provide “emergency allotments” for these months. That means that your benefits will automatically be increased to the maximum amount for your family size.
The extra benefits for March will start to be issued on April 17. The extra benefits for April will start to be issued on May 15. The extra benefits for May will start to be issued on June 15. If you already received the maximum allotment, you will not receive anything extra.
Here is the chart of the maximum benefits.
|Household size||Maximum benefit|
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 state of emergency?
• No. During the state of emergency, interviews are waived, and recertifications are being rescheduled to a later date. Contact the Benefits Service Center at 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. Hearings are not being scheduled during the state of emergency.
- NEW: New benefit for kids who get free or reduced-price meals at school.
- Hunger Free Vermont is posting information about how to access food, including meals for school children and seniors, WIC, foodbanks and 3SquaresVT.
- Learn more on the 3SquaresVT pages of our website.