- Courtesy of Vermont Foodbank
On Monday, the Vermont Foodbank announced receipt of an $80,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation — yes, that Walmart — to beef up outreach programming to help Vermonters enroll in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or "food stamps").
SNAP is administered locally as 3SquaresVT through the Vermont Department for Children and Families. Since 2013, the Foodbank has helped enroll more than 1,200 Vermonters in the program. The new funding will go toward enrolling eligible "seniors, families with children, and other vulnerable populations," according to a press release.
The release also notes that, nationally, nearly 20 percent of non-seniors who qualify for food stamps do not participate in the program, and that number climbs to 58 percent in the senior population.