3SquaresVT is Vermont’s food stamp program. 3SquaresVT helps low-income individuals and families buy food. Each month the Department for Children and Families Economic Services Division (DCF/ESD) deposits money into a debit card like a bank card.
The bank card is called the “Vermont EBT card.” Most Vermont grocery, convenience store, and some farmers markets accept Vermont EBT cards. If you are age 60 or over, or get Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you can get a cash benefit deposited into your bank account.
You can buy most foods with your Vermont EBT card. You can’t buy non-food items like tobacco, soap, toothpaste, pet products, pet food and alcohol with your 3SquaresVT benefits. Every time you buy food with your card, the amount is taken from the money in your Vermont EBT account. Your receipt will show you what is left on your card.
If you get 3SquaresVT benefits and lose food because of flooding, fire or loss of electricity, you may be eligible for replacement benefits. You must request replacement benefits within 10 days of the event that caused you to lose food.
Go to the 3SquaresVT website to find out if you can get replacement benefits and what you need to do. If you have questions, call the Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151 or call your local district office.
You can find more information about 3SquaresVT in this section of our website. If you are eligible, you should apply for 3SquaresVT.