BRATTLEBORO >> The third of four regional conferences on Vermont's largest nutrition program, 3SquaresVT (formerly food stamps and known nationally as SNAP), is being held Tuesday, from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Marlboro Graduate Center on Vernon Street.
Participants in the conference are advocates and service providers who work directly with Vermont's population eligible for 3SquaresVT benefits. The conference offers an opportunity for participants to learn more about how the 3SquaresVT program works from Hunger Free Vermont's experts on the subject; hear from policy experts from the Economic Services Division of the Department For Children and Families where applications are processed; brainstorm new outreach opportunities; learn about advocacy strategies from Vermont Legal Aid; and network with colleagues from their region.
3SquaresVT provides benefits to nearly 80,000 Vermonters to buy more nutritious food at grocery stores and farmers markets. Advocates say the program is successfully reaching many Vermonters, decreasing hunger in our communities and improving the health of children, families, and seniors. However, there are still many eligible Vermonters not participating, thus losing out on benefits they may need. One in 8 Vermonters is food insecure, meaning they often do not have enough to eat for a healthy and active life.
"3SquaresVT is one of the best ways to prevent food insecurity for families, and we must do everything we can to help eligible Vermonters access these benefits," says Marissa Parisi, executive director of Hunger Free Vermont. "By bringing so many advocates together to talk about 3SquaresVT collectively, this conference is helping us achieve that goal."
The series of 3SquaresVT Regional Conferences is being organized by Hunger Free Vermont, in collaboration with the Department for Children and Families Economic Services Division and the statewide 3SquaresVT Work Group.
The last in the 3SquaresVT Regional Conferences series will be held Thursday, June 2, at Community College of Vermont in Rutland. For more information contact Drake Turner at Hunger Free Vermont, 802-865-0255 or firstname.lastname@example.org