Keeping kids and families fed during the summer months

REGION – 3SquaresVT helps make sure that people in need don’t go hungry by providing monthly food assistance to eligible families and individuals through a user-friendly EBT card. Additional nutritional support is available during the summer months through several supplementary programs, such as summer meals programs for kids and Farm-to-Family coupons.

One of the great benefits of 3SquaresVT is that children in households receiving it also automatically qualify for free school meals. But once the school year ends, summer can be a difficult time for many families to meet their nutritional needs. Fortunately, free summer meal programs for children are offered in many communities. Visit: hungerfreevt.org/summer-meals-site-lists/ to find a summer meals program, or call SEVCA at 800-464-9951 to get help locating a program.

Eating the right food is critical to good health, and 3SquaresVT has partnered with farmers’ markets across the state to make sure those receiving benefits can use them to get plenty of fruits and vegetables. To locate a farmers’ market near you that accepts 3SquaresVT, visit: vermontfoodhelp.com/farmers-markets. Most farmers’ markets offer an additional incentive—for every dollar in 3SquaresVT benefits spent, they will provide $1 of free tokens for use at the market, up to a value of $10/day.

Households may also be eligible for Farm-to-Family coupons, which are used to purchase fresh produce at farmers markets. SEVCA is distributing coupon books worth $30 each to eligible low-income households on a first-come, first served basis. Unfortunately, walk-ins cannot be accommodated. There are a limited number of coupon books available, so interested families and individuals are urged to contact SEVCA at as soon as possible to apply. Coupons must be redeemed by October 31.

SEVCA’s Family Services staff are also available to assist households to apply for 3SquaresVT by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-464-9951. To apply for 3SquaresVT benefits online, visit vermontfoodhelp.com.

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