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Locals Bring Home Healthy Food with Assistance from Grace Cottage

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Vermonters are hardworking people, but the high costs of housing, food, fuel and other necessities can make it tough to meet basic needs. Thanks to 3SquaresVT (formerly food stamps) more Vermonters are able to buy healthy food for themselves and their families. Resource Advocate Jane Wheeler is available to help residents within the Grace Cottage service area gain access to this valuable program.

3SquaresVT helps people with a limited income buy more food, like fresh veggies, fruits, and whole grains. Over 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 4. 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.

If you or someone you know — perhaps an elderly neighbor or a single parent — is struggling to make ends meet, apply for 3SquaresVT. If you are a patient at Grace Cottage or live in the area, Resource Advocate Jane Wheeler can help with the application process. To schedule a free, one-on-one appointment, call Jane at 802-365-3770.

Also note: Grace Cottage hosts the Vermont Foodbank’s Veggie VanGo program on the fourth Thursday of every month from 12:00-1:00, outside of the Family Health entrance at 185 Grafton Road, Townshend. 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 required. Bring reusable bags or boxes.