3SquaresVT Replacement Benefits Post-Irene
Due to the power outages, flooding, and devastation in Vermont caused by Tropical Storm Irene, the Department for Children and Families(DCF) is able to provide REPLACEMENT BENEFITS to current 3SquaresVT participants who lost food due to the storm.
Participants must report the loss of food immediately by calling DCF at 1-800-479-6151or going to their local district office and reporting it in person– the deadline to do so is Saturday, September 17th. Please print and share this outreach flyer with your clients and communities.
Participants must report:
- Name and social security number of the head of household.
- Town and county of residence.
- The specific way that food was lost, i.e. power outage of more than four hours, refrigerator/freezer failure, flooding, fire, etc.
- The dollar value of food loss: only the actual value of food lost up to the amount the household was entitled to receive during the month of August can be replaced. Replacement benefits cannot exceed the household’s total August allotment.
Please note that only those households who experienced a loss and report that loss will receive replacement benefits. Vermont is not able to provide a mass replacement for all participants in disaster counties.
Participants who live in the 9 FEMA-designated disaster counties (Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windham, and Windsor counties) simply report their loss verbally over the phone or in person; no paperwork is required. Participants living in the non-disaster-declared counties of Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orleans may also report their loss over the phone or in person. However, they will also be given or sent a one-page form that must be signed and returned within 10 days of reporting their loss.