The Vermont Foodbank and 3SquaresVT program continue to strive to meet the needs of all eligible Vermonters who qualify for food benefits. 3SquaresVT (known previously as food stamps) is a federal nutrition program designed to help increase Vermonters’ access to nutritious food. 3SquaresVT is an important resource for low-moderate income, hardworking people and families, and with the help of this program, are able to obtain healthy and affordable foods, and give back to their communities.
The Vermont Foodbank’s 3SquaresVT team helps Vermonters determine their eligibility and assists them in completing an application. The 3SquaresVT Department recently welcomed two new members to the 3SquaresVT team, Emmet Moseley and Maggie Riley who will help with the support efforts around 3SquaresVT.
Maggie Riley is currently three months into a yearlong service with AmeriCorps as a VISTA, serving through the New York Coalition Against Hunger’s Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps program. She is working at the Vermont Foodbank helping with the 3SquaresVT support and outreach and finding ways to build capacity around those efforts.
Emmet Moseley has been working for the Vermont Foodbank since 2012, first as the Gleaning Program Coordinator in the Lamoille Valley and now as the 3SquaresVT Coordinator in Addison and Rutland counties. He splits his time between working at HOPE, a grassroots poverty relief agency in Middlebury and visiting many of the Vermont Foodbanks’ network partners. During these trips he assists food shelf visitors in applying for 3SquaresVT benefits.
By way of the 3squaresVT outreach efforts since 2013, over 300 applications have been completed, and peoples’ food needs met. Recent and continued sites of outreach support include the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf on Thursdays 9:00-12:00, Spectrum Youth and Family Services on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30, and Chester-Andover Family Center on Thursdays from 1:00-3:00.
3SquaresVT Senior Outreach
Did you know that in Vermont more than 13,000 seniors are receiving 3SquaresVT? Do you know a senior or family that could use the extra help that 3SquaresVT offers? The desire and goal for the 3SquaresVT team is to continue to reach as many seniors and families that are eligible for 3SquaresVT and sign them up. By ensuring that our partnerships with community food shelves and meal sites continue, the needs of people all across Vermont who are eligible for 3SquaresVT will be increasingly met.
Call our 3SquaresVT helpline toll-free at 1-855-855-8161. We are available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Calls are confidential and there is no charge for our service. We will schedule an appointment to complete your application and submit your paperwork. We can even come to your home or complete the application over the phone at a time that works best for you.
It can be challenging to eat healthy during the holidays, so be sure to take a moment to check in with your family, friends, and neighbors and be sure their food needs are being met!