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Extra 3SquaresVT food benefits in April and May

Apr 20 2020, 6:22 PM

The Department for Children and Families announced Monday that many 3SquaresVT households will get a higher benefit in April and May to help them through the current health crisis. This extra help is part of the federal Coronavirus Relief Bill. 3SquaresVT is Vermont’s name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

“Vermonters are facing economic hardship and food insecurity because of the Covid-19 pandemic,” DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz said. “This higher benefit will help make sure they can get the food they need.”

This change is a temporary increase to help during the Covid-19 health crisis, the department said in a statement. Households already getting the maximum 3SquaresVT benefit or a zero benefit will not get an increase. Everyone else will receive an increase equal to the difference between their original benefit and the maximum benefit for their household size.

3SquaresVT households don’t need to do anything to get the increased benefit. If eligible, they’ll automatically get it the same way they get their benefits now: on an EBT card, through direct deposit or by check.More information about 3SquaresVT is available at the department’s website.

— Sarah Asch