Each month Connie Beal and Lisa Jensen, resource coordinators with the United Way of Chittenden County’s Working Bridges program, put together a list of useful resources for all of us here at CCV. As we head into harvest season, they’ve pulled together some great food-related info for us!
Harvest Season and Food InsecurityWhile gardeners clean out garden beds and glean the last produce from hard worked vegetable patches, there are Vermonters facing food insecurity throughout the year. If you have trouble affording enough food for you and your family, 3SquaresVT may provide you with supplemental funds toward your food costs each month.
The Facts on Hunger
- Thirteen percent of all Vermont households are food insecure
- More than 25,000 children under 18 live in food insecure households (21%)
- More than 84,000 Vermonters of all ages live in food Insecure households
- Thirty-two percent of Vermonters cannot afford either enough food or enough nutritious food
Some Updates About 3SquaresVT
- 3SquaresVT income eligibility limits increased as of October 1, 2014.
- If you are over 60 or a person with a disability, you may claim medical deducations to potentially increase your 3SquaresVT benefit.
- Harvest Health Coupons (Available until farmers’ markets close at the end of October or while supplies last. When you swipe your EBT card, you will receive coupons doubling the amount that will be taken from your 3SquaresVT account. You can get up to $10 in coupons each time you visit your farmers’ market.
Good Food, Good Health
Being able to afford quality produce and fresh foods is one part of staying healthy however; it’s not always easy to prepare healthy meals. Here are some ideas to help you on your way to good food and good health.
Consider taking a class such as City Market’s Pennywise Pantry (offered on Thursday, October 30th 9:30 a.m. to
10:30 a.m.). Learn how to shop for fresh, long-lasting, and nutritious foods in produce and bulk. Register at 861-9700.
Talk to a Nutritionist
Inquire with your health insurance carrier about visiting a nutritionist. Many plans cover a certain amount of visits as preventative/wellness care. If you don’t have insurance, open enrollment for Vermont Health Connect begins on November 15th, 2014.
Looking to Connect With Resource Coordinator?
Working Bridges Resource Coordinator
United Way of Chittenden County
Or stop by CCV Winooski, Wednesdays, Room 211D, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.