Food Security

We believe everyone has the right to shop for food for themselves and their families with dignity. We support the 3SquaresVT program which allows eligible Vermonters to buy groceries at their local food stores and farmers markets.

Hunger Free Vermont invites You to Attend the Spring 2019 3SquaresVT Basic Training in Your Region


  • White River Junction: March 25th (1:00-3:30 PM, Vermont Department of Health)

  • Barre: March 27th (9:00-11:30 AM, Capstone Community Action)

  • St. Johnsbury: March 29th (10:00-12:30 PM, Vermont Department of Health)

  • Middlebury: April 2nd (12:00-2:30 PM, Ilsley Public Library)

  • Brattleboro: April 3rd (1:00-3:30 PM, Brooks Memorial Library)

  • Rutland: April 5th (10:00-12:30 PM, Community College of Vermont)

  • Burlington: April 8th (9:00-11:30 AM, City Market South End)

  • Bennington: April 9th (1:00-3:30 PM, Vermont Department of Health)

  • St. Albans: April 11th (9:00-11:30 AM, Peoples Trust Company)

WHY: 3SquaresVT, our nation's first response to hunger, helps an average of 74,000 Vermonters a month put food on their table every day, and many more are eligible. This free training will offer an opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of 3SquaresVT eligibility, deductions, benefits and the application process, learn about recent and upcoming policy changes, enhance outreach skills, and share experiences and best practices with colleagues from your region.

WHAT: Each free training is approximately two and a half hours long, and will offer practical information, skills, and outreach strategies to those new to the program or wanting a refresher. More information will be sent out closer to each training date.

WHO: You! A broad range of organizations and people are invited to attend, including those from community action agencies, area agencies on aging, food shelves, community meal sites, schools, health clinics and hospitals, churches, senior centers, shelters, veteran organizations, housing authorities, child care centers, and more.  Whether you do direct application assistance or just interact with low-income Vermonters, this training is for you! 


We improve access to and participation in 3SquaresVT (known nationally as SNAP), one of the most reliable, consistent, and dignified means to prevent hunger

To ensure all eligible Vermonters can access this program to provide meals at home, Hunger Free Vermont:

  • Works closely with the Vermont Department for Children and Families who administers the program

  • Conducts training sessions for advocates and service providers

  • Facilitates a statewide work group of state administrators and community partners to improve the program and creates outreach and educational materials to increase participation

  • Advocates for policies at the state and national level to improve access

Advocates and service providers can find resources for  those looking for food assistance here:


We advocate to Protect and strengthen the 3SquaresVT program at the local and national level

Some examples of our 3SquaresVT Advocacy include:

  • In 2008, Hunger Free Vermont supported legislation that expanded 3SquaresVT eligibility for Vermonters from a max of 130% of the poverty line to 185% of the poverty line.


Take the 3SquaresVT Challenge

For those interested in helping to raise awareness about the challenges of eating well on a limited food budget and the importance of the 3SquaresVT benefit for helping Vermonters make ends meet, consider taking the 3SquaresVT Challenge.