Take the 3SquaresVT Challenge Any Time of the Year!

The 3SquaresVT Challenge seeks to highlight what it is like to eat on the average 3SquaresVT benefit—approximately $37 a week for a single person.

The purpose of the Challenge is not to emulate the reality of food insecurity for Vermonters—many of whom may rely on a variety of programs and resources to meet their families’ needs—but to instead draw attention to the experience of living on a strict food budget allotment and how that may or may not change your daily life both physically and psychologically as a participant.


Each November during National Hunger and Homelessness Week (the week before Thanksgiving), Hunger Free Vermont asks Vermonters to build awareness about food insecurity by taking the 3SquaresVT Challenge. However, this learning opportunity is an experience that many groups take advantage of throughout the year. For example, Dr. Lewis First and many of his colleagues at the UVM Medical Center took the Challenge in 2013 as a way to help understand how many of their patients struggle to eat well on a limited budget (read Dr. First’s blog here). The Barre Interfaith Group took the Challenge during Lent in 2014 to build compassion in their congregations (read article here). Throughout the year, college professors ask their students to take the Challenge as part of their experiential learning.

If you have specific questions about the Challenge, email Katie Green at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Want to raise awareness, but can't commit to the whole week?
Take the 3SquaresVT Lunch Challenge! 

Shop for lunch on $1.76, take a picture of what you get, post it on social media, use #3SquaresVTLunchChallenge and challenge 5 of your friends to take the Lunch Challenge too! Learn more in this video of our Adult Nutrition Initiatives Specialist, Katie Green taking the 3SquaresVT Lunch Challenge!



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