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Extra 3SquaresVT food benefits through March

NEWPORT — Those receiving federal aid for food will see their benefits increased for February and March, the state has announced.

The Department for Children and Families (DCF) says that the extra help is part of the federal Coronavirus Relief Bill.

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DCF also says it will not permanently change a household’s monthly benefit and is only a temporary increase to help during the health crisis.

Households already receiving the maximum 3SquaresVT benefit, or a zero benefit, will not receive an additional benefit.

Everyone else will receive additional benefits that bring them to the maximum benefit for their household size.

These maximum benefit amounts are 15 percent higher because of the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act.

According to DCF, a qualifying one-person household will receive $234, two people receive $430, three people get $616, four get $782, five people get $929, six get $1,114, and seven get $1,232.

Each household with members above seven gets $$176 per person.

3SquaresVT households don’t need to do anything to receive this increased benefit.

If eligible, they’ll automatically receive it the same way they receive their benefits by EBT card, through direct deposit, or by check.

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