Local food somehow got a reputation as expensive and exclusive. In this area, people have been hunting, fishing, and farming for thousands of years and that tradition continues today as part of everyday local food for many. It can also be hard to find and afford enough food for your household. For folks on a budget or who need food assistance, read on below to get the help you deserve.
Financial Assistance for Food
SNAP or 3SquaresVT
SNAP (called “3SquaresVT in Vermont) is monthly assistance with food for any household that qualifies. During the pandemic, everyone who qualifies for SNAP will receive the monthly maximum benefit. SNAP benefits come on a debit-type card that can be used at many retailers including farmers markets (see below).
Free School Meals
This year and the school year to come schools across the country school are able to offer free meals to students, whether they’re learning at school or at home. Accessing meals for kids through local schools is safe, convenient, and a great way to ensure kids have the nutrition they need to learn. Many schools are also providing meals to any child 18 and under, so younger siblings can also access breakfast and lunch! Get fueled up to learn!
Contact your local school to apply for free and reduced-price school meals!
WIC is the USDA Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC gives you access to healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, and breastfeeding support. If you’re pregnant, a caregiver, or a parent with a child under five, WIC is right for you!
More Food Assistance
Text “FOOD” to 877-877 to get a list of open food access sites near you!
Help Buying Local Farm Food
Farm Share programs provide income-eligible folks with the opportunity to support their local CSA farmer and receive reliable access to high-quality produce on weekly basis through an innovative cost-share model.
Many farmers markets in our region accept SNAP and also give you additional money to buy fruits and veggies at the market. At the market, signs will point to a table where your SNAP or bank debit card can be used to buy wooden market tokens. The person running the debit machine will double your withdrawal for veggies. Check it out!
Families enrolled in Vermont WIC can receive $30 in Vermont Farm To Family coupons. These can be used to buy locally-grown, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and fresh-cut herbs at participating farmers markets and farm stands.