In Vermont, the 3SquaresVT program (formerly known as food stamps) is administered by the Department for Children and Families’ Economic Services Division. The program is designed to help low-income households and individuals buy food that meets their basic nutritional needs. In order to receive food stamp benefits, you must be eligible. You may be eligible if your gross household income is equal to or less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level. You must also be a Vermont resident. Once you’ve determined you’re eligible, you should apply.
To apply for food stamp benefits, you can go online and complete the application. You can also call 1-800-479-6151 to request a paper application, apply in person at a local ESD District Office or contact your local Community Action Agency. There are additional documents needed to process your application. If you are approved for benefits, you will receive an EBT card called Vermont Express. It can be used to buy food at many stores and farmers markets across the state. Simply swipe at the register and enter your four-digit PIN to make purchases.
1. How much is the average monthly benefit?
Though benefits depend on your household size, income and expenses, the average monthly benefit per household is about $235.
2. How can I see which stores participate in the SNAP program?
Visit the USDA to find SNAP retailers in your area.
3. How can I see which farmers markets accept EBT cards?
Visit Vermont Food Help to see a list of farmers markets in Vermont that accept EBT cards.
4. Who should I contact if I have problems with my Vermont Express card?
You should call 1-800-914-8605 if you have any problems with your card.
5. How can I check my account balance?
To check your account balance, simply log on to EBT Edge. You can also access your transaction history and other information about your EBT account.
Contact: Vermont Food Stamps.