When you use 3SquaresVT benefits, you can buy the foods you like to eat. You will get a plastic card that looks like a credit card, called an Electronic Benefits Transfer or EBT card. You can use the card at most grocery stores, convenience stores, markets, and co-ops. Your 3SquaresVT benefits are added to your card at the beginning of every month and will remain on your card for up to one year.
When you use your card, the cost of the food is subtracted from your 3SquaresVT account. The cash register receipt tells you how much you have left in your 3SquaresVT account. You can also call 1-800-914-8605 or visit this website to find out how much money is left on your card.
If you are 65 or older or get SSI disability benefits, you can get your 3SquaresVT benefits deposited directly into a bank account. This gives you complete privacy when you shop because you can use cash or a check to pay for your food. If you do not have a bank account and do not want to open one, you will get your 3SquaresVT benefits on an EBT card. You can use the card at stores that accept 3SquaresVT benefits. You can also withdraw cash from your card at a bank machine.
If you do not use all of your 3SquaresVT benefits in the month, you can still use them the next month.
What can I buy with 3SquaresVT benefits?
Households CAN use 3SquaresVT benefits to buy:
- Foods for the household to eat, such as:
-breads and cereals;
-fruits and vegetables;
-meats, fish and poultry; and
- -Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat. Click here for more information about how this works!
Households CANNOT use 3SquaresVT benefits to buy:
- Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
- Any nonfood items, such as: pet foods, soaps, paper products, and household supplies
- Vitamins and medicines
- Food that will be eaten in the store
- Hot foods
Click here to find a store near you that accepts 3SquaresVT benefits as payment.