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For information about benefits and services beyond food, scroll to the bottom of the page.

More Food Help

School Meals - Click here for an application

Your child may be able to get free breakfast and lunch at school. Eligibility is based on your income. If you get 3SquaresVT benefits or Reach Up or are homeless, your child will be eligible for free school meals. To make sure your child is signed up, you can tell the school you get 3SquaresVT, Reach Up, or are homeless, or you can fill out an application. You can apply at any time during the school year. There is just one application for both breakfast and lunch. For more information, contact the food service director at your child's school. Click for an application for free school meals.


Afterschool Meals

Some communities in Vermont provide free meals in afterschool programs. Your child may be able to participate in this program. Click here to download a list of current after school meal locations where your child may participate in the programming and the meal. Call the contact person at a site in your community to learn how your child may participate and receive free afterschool meals or snacks.

Additionally, many schools in the state offer a meal at the end of the school day. Click here to download a list of schools that offer after school meals. If your child attends one of these schools, contact the school to learn how your child may participate and receive free afterschool meals or snacks.

Summer Food Service Program

Some towns in Vermont offer summer food programs that are open to the general public. Your child can participate in this program, and there is no cost to you. To find out if your town has a summer program, contact Hunger Free Vermont at 802-865-0255. Click here to download a full list of locations (.pdf) where children ages 18 and under can drop-in for a free meal.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC provides food to women who are pregnant or had a baby within the past six months, women who are breastfeeding, and infants and children up to age 5. WIC brings food packages to your home, usually once a week. The packages may include milk, cheese, eggs, peanut butter, cereal and fruit juice. The value of the food items is about $40 or more. Eligibility for WIC is based on both income and health information. For more information about WIC, call (800) 464-4343, extension 7333 (toll-free, from within Vermont) or (802) 863-7333 or click here to find out more about WIC.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) offers free monthly nutritious food to income-eligible senior citizens and women who are pregnant or post-partum and children up to age 6 who are not receiving WIC. Each month a participant or a proxy can pick up a 40- pound box of food that includes canned meat, canned fruits & vegetables, juices, cereals, cheese, pasta or rice, beans or peanut butter and more. The application process is quick and easy. Call the Vermont Foodbank's toll free number 1-800-214-4648 for a simple pre-screening. Or, click here for more information and to download an application.


Senior Community Meals

Senior community meals offer a place to enjoy a meal in a group setting where seniors age 60 and over can meet new people or sit down and eat with friends. There are many meal sites throughout Vermont at different locations, including senior centers, senior housing, service organizations, schools, churches, community centers, and restaurants. Seniors are not required to pay for meals but there is a suggested donation which are used to help offset the cost of the meals. Meals are served on varying days and times, depending on the location. Visit your local Area Agency on Aging or call the Senior HelpLine at 800-642-5119 to learn about meals served in your area.

Meals on Wheels (MOW)

People age 60 and older or those living with a disability who are unable to prepare their own meals may be eligible for home delivered meals. Nourishing and appealing hot or frozen meals are prepared and delivered to your home. You may receive up to seven meals each week. A typical meal consists of an entree; potato, pasta or rice; vegetable and/or fruit; bread; milk and dessert. Special diets may be available upon reqeust. Each Meals on Wheels program has a different delivery schedule; meals may be delivered five days a week or less often. Participants are not required to pay for meals but are encouraged to donate what they can comfortably afford. 3SquaresVT benefits may be used to donate for home delivered meals as well. Meals are delivered by volunteer drivers and new volunteers are always welcome. Visit your local Area Agency on Aging or call the Senior HelpLine at 800-642-5119 to enroll or to volunteer as a driver.

Find a Food Shelf in Your Area

A food shelf is a local, non-profit community agency that directly provides food to people who need it for home preparation and consumption. Dial 2-1-1 to find a food shelf near you.

Healthy Eating on a Tight Budget

Would you like easy recipes and tips on how to eat healthy food on a tight budget? If you're healthy and want to stay that way, do you know what to eat? If you're living with a health condition and want to feel better, do you know what to eat? The Vermont Department of Health and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have great resources to help you find practical information you can trust on food and nutrition, healthy cooking and eating, all on a budget.

The Learning Kitchen

Hunger Free Vermont offers a six-week series of nutrition and cooking classes around the state called The Learning Kitchen. It is designed to help limited income parents, teenagers and youth learn how to prepare healthy meals on a limited budget. Learn more and find out if there's a class offered near you.


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Other Program Benefits

  • Fuel Assistance
    Signing up for fuel assistance may actually increase your monthly 3SquaresVT dollar amount. 3SquaresVT gives people who get fuel assistance the highest deduction for shelter costs. Click here for information on how to apply.
  • Free School Meals
    Kids in 3SquaresVT households can get free school meals if their school participates in the federal school breakfast or lunch program. Click to download an application.
  • Phone Assistance
    You may also be eligible for a Lifeline Telephone Service Credit, a discount of at least $9.25 off your monthly phone bill. Click here for more information and an application..
  • Deduct your medical expenses
    Out of pocket medical expenses paid by people 60 and older and people with disabilities can be deducted from 3SquaresVT income. You can even deduct insurance premiums, including Medicare. This may help some people qualify for 3SquaresVT benefits and help others get more 3SquaresVT benefits each month. Click here to download a medical expense deduction worksheet and submit it with your application.
  • TANF (Reach Up), Vermont Earned Income Tax Credit, SSI
    People who receive any of these benefits are likely eligible for 3SquaresVT benefits. Even if they get $0 in 3SquaresVT benefits, they are still considered "eligible" and therefore qualify for Lifeline.