Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program that offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. The program is run by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). If you live in this state and need to apply for a Vermont Express Card, then the information below shows you how to apply for food stamps in Vermont. If you have additional questions or concerns about the Vermont SNAP program or the EBT application process, please contact the Vermont Department of Families and Children for assistance.
Who is eligible for Vermont Food Stamps?
You may be eligible for 3SquaresVT if:
Income Guidelines for 3SquaresVT
To get a monthly payment, your net household income must be less than 100% of the federal poverty level (FPL) based on household size. Net household income = gross income minus allowable deductions.
|Household Size||Maximum Gross Monthly Income (185% of FPL)||Maximum Net Monthly Income (100% of FPL)|
|Each additional member add||$642||$347|
Allowable deductions include:
How do I apply for 3SquaresVT?
Apply one of three ways
Participate in an interview
You'll have to complete an interview - by phone or in person - before they can make a decision about your eligibility. They will tell you about the interview process after you apply.
What if I have questions? Need help applying?
How much can I get?
The benefits you may receive will depend on your household size, income, and expenses. The average monthly benefit per household is about $235.
How does the monthly payment work?
If anyone in your household is under 65, your monthly benefit will be added to an EBT card called Vermont Express. It can be used to buy food at many stores and farmers' markets much like you'd use a bankcard or credit card. Click here to get more information about how the card works and where you can use it. If everyone in your household is 65 or older or receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your benefits will be deposited as cash directly into your bank account. Using 3SquaresVT to buy food is easy and convenient.
Additional Benefit For Families with School-Age Children
If you're eligible for a monthly benefit, have a school-age child, AND your child's school participates in a federal meals program, they will notify the school that your child qualifies for free meals, unless you ask them not to. You won't have to fill out the school's meal application form.
The Vermont SNAP Application Process
Step One: Gather information about the people living in your home.
Step Two: Read the information below.
Step Three: Complete Submit the Application
Step Four: Participate in an interview and orientation if required.
If you apply for 3SquaresVT or Reach Up, you'll have to complete an interview - by phone or in person - before they can make a decision about your eligibility. They will inform you about the interview process after you apply. Reach Up applicants may also need to attend an orientation.
Step Five: Send any additional documents requested.
After you submit your application, they may ask you to provide further documentation (e.g., driver’s license, ID card, immigration documents, pay stubs, bills, forms, etc.) to verify certain information. Please send copies of personal documents. Originals may not be returned.
Other Things You Should Know About Your Application