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Government Shutdown update from the Vermont Foodbank

January 20, 2019
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The USDA announced on January 8, 2019 that all federal nutrition programs will be funded through February. While this announcement is positive and critical for individuals facing food insecurity, it is essential for these programs to continue to operate beyond February, and in order to do so, the government shutdown must end.

Until then, Vermont organizations across the state are rallying together to support people affected by the shutdown. If you are struggling, there is a place to turn. The Vermont Foodbank and their network of 215 food shelves and meal sites throughout the state welcome anyone who has been affected by the shutdown. Anyone in need of assistance can find their local food shelf using this map: https://www.vtfoodbank.org/agency-locator

3SquaresVT

  • 3SquaresVT benefits and program administration will be fully funded for January and February. February benefits were issued early in every state, on or before January 20. We are currently unsure what will happen in March.
    Vermont’s Department for Children and Families (DCF) will issued most February 3SquaresVT benefits early, on January 20th. These benefits will be for the entire month of February, so it is important that participants budget accordingly.
    DCF is continuing to process applications, interim reports, and recertifications, and issuing benefits for February as federal funding allows.
  • If you completed your interview or submitted any requested verification by January 15, DCF is processing your application and will be in touch with you regarding your 3SquaresVT benefits for February. If you have any questions about your 3SquaresVT benefits, call the Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151.
  • If you still need to complete an interview, call the interview line at 1-877-403-7668.A benefits specialist will go through the interview with you and let you know what else you need to do.
  • If you still need to submit documentation or are still in the process of applying or recertifying, make sure to complete the process as soon as possible.DCF will process your case or application, and if you are eligible, you may receive benefits in February as federal funding allows.
  • If you still have questions about what to do, call the Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151 to speak to a benefits specialist who can help.
  • As always, the Vermont Foodbank 3SVT Outreach team is also available to provide 1:1 application assistance or help answer your questions. Call toll-free 1-855-855-6181 or text VFBSNAPto 85511. 

This is an ongoing situation, and there will likely be more updates to share in the coming days and weeks. Please check Hunger Free Vermont’s website (https://www.hungerfreevt.org/government-shutdown) for the most up to date information. This information is provided in consultation with the Vermont Department for Children and Families.