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The pandemic continues to have economic impacts that are causing increased food insecurity. Currently the federal government has authorized Vermont to make available P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer) which are benefits loaded on a card that can be used to purchase the groceries you choose at many grocers and farmers markets. If you have school-aged kids and are interested in stretching your food budget, contact your school district to apply for free school meals TODAY. If you’re approved, you’ll automatically receive P-EBT. To learn more about this specific benefit you can watch this informative video (also above) from Hunger Free Vermont. Be sure to check out Hunger Free Vermont for many more food resources for you and your family.

As farmers markets begin to open, it is important to note that you can use your 3SquaresVT EBT card at many markets, and that the Crop Cash program will help you double your benefits spent on fresh produce. You can find our more about Crop Cash on the NOFA website, including finding participating markets, how to use Crop Cash, and other resources.

Other ideas, tips, and resources to keep you and your family healthy, active, and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Do you want to increase the intensity of your workout but don’t have weights? That’s alright. Load up a backpack with books and wear it while workout out.
  • Make breakfast healthy, affordable, and easy with overnight oats!
  • Do you need access to mental health help? You can find crisis lines and get access to mental health professionals here.
  • Check with your local library. You may be able to access books for pick-up.
  • High Mowing Organic Seeds is offering free seeds so folks can create a resilience garden.

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