TOWNSHEND — With the high costs of housing, food, fuel and other necessities, many Vermonters find it tough to meet basic needs. That’s where 3SquaresVT (formerly food stamps) comes in, helping Vermonters with limited income buy healthy food for themselves and their families.
More than 77,000 Vermonters get benefits, but many more qualify and don’t know it. The income limit is $1,860 per month for one person; it’s $3,793 for a family of four. Applying for these benefits not only helps families afford nutritious food, it supports the economy by bringing more than $9 million federal dollars into the state each month, according to Grace Cottage Hospital.
Grace Cottage Resource Advocate Jane Wheeler is available to help West River Valley residents gain access to this program. If you are a patient at Grace Cottage or live in the West River Valley, Wheeler can help with the application process. To schedule a free, one-on-one appointment, call Wheeler at 802-365-3770.
Grace Cottage also hosts the Vermont Foodbank’s Veggie VanGo program on the fourth Thursday of every month from noon to 1 p.m., outside of the Family Health entrance at 185 Grafton Road. Each month, the food truck delivers hundreds of pounds of fresh food for participants to bring home. All who struggle to afford healthy foods are welcome. Some limits may apply. No proof of eligibility is required. Bring reusable bags or boxes.
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