In this post we will outline step-by-step instructions on how to apply for food stamps in Vermont online. Food stamps are a part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that enables low income families with the ability to purchase eligible food items from authorized retailers. Vermont SNAP benefits are administered by the Department for Children and Families and Economic Services Division.
If you are eligible to receive SNAP benefits in Vermont, you’ll be issued an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, also known as a Quest card. Your EBT card can be used at participating stores, ATMs, and farmers’ markets anywhere the QUEST logo is displayed. For more information on where you can find stores, ATMs, or farmers’ markets that except Vermont EBT, click the previous links.
Each month you will receive an automatic deposit of benefits to your EBT card. Eligibility for SNAP benefits are based on a variety of factors such as income, relationships in the home, bills, and the size of your household. Your gross monthly household income most be equal to or less than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). To see if you qualify, refer to the Income Eligibility Guidelines below:
If you qualify to receive SNAP benefits, then follow our step-by-step guidelines on how to apply for food stamps in Vermont online. If you wish to apply for SNAP benefits, but are unable do so online, you may also mail or drop-off your completed application to your local district office. To find the nearest district office to you, access the following page. To get a paper application, you can call 1-800-479-6151 or visit a district office. If you wish to continue by applying for SNAP benefits online, please read our guide below.
How to Apply for Food Stamps in Vermont Online:
Step 1 – Gather Information Required to Apply
Before starting the application process, it’s important that you gather and have access to all the information you’ll need to complete the SNAP benefits application. You must provide all of the following pieces of information for each person living in your home.
- Dates of birth and Social Security numbers for those applying for benefits
- Pay stubs for earned income
- Check stubs for unearned income (e.g., alimony, child support, Unemployment Insurance, Workers’ Comp)
- Information about your resources (e.g., bank accounts, investment accounts & property)
- Household bills (e.g., fuel, phone, and electric)
Step 2 – Apply for Vermont SNAP Benefits
Once all information has been gathered, you can proceed to applying for Vermont SNAP benefits via the 3SquaresVT website. To complete your application online, visit the Vermont Official State website and click, “Apply for Benefits.” You must create an account in order to apply for SNAP benefits. Once you’ve completed your application, you will receive more information regarding the next step of the application process – the interview.
Step 3 – Complete an Interview
Once your application has been received by your local district office, you’ll have to complete an interview – by phone or in person – before a decision can be made regarding your eligibility. You will receive more information regarding the interview process after you apply for benefits. In most cases, you’ll be asked to provide more information such as proof of identity (driver’s license or picture ID), residence, income, and expenses. Please be sure to have all documentation ready prior to your interview. All information is kept confidential.
Step 4 – Virginia EBT Card
If you’ve made it to this step that means you’ve been approved to receive SNAP benefits in the state of Vermont! You will be receiving your debit-like EBT card in the mail. Your card is used exactly like a debit card at the point-of-sale terminal. Be sure to set up your 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) once your EBT card is received in the mail. Do not share this number with anyone.
Your benefits will be loaded to your card on the same day every month (including holidays and weekends). Your benefits can be used to redeem approved food items at participating retailers. If you wish to know the current balance on your EBT card, please access that information here by logging into your EBT account.
We hope you found this guide useful when applying for SNAP benefits in Vermont! If you have any questions or problems during the application process, please be sure to leave your feedback below. We love to hearing from you!