The Vermont Department for Children and Families recently notified about 16,000 Vermont households that their 3SquaresVT benefits-popularly known as food stamps-were reduced starting Oct. 1. Food stamps are funded with taxpayer dollars.
Benefits went down for these households because the federal government required Vermont to lower the standard deduction households could claim for fuel and utilities.
Vermont DCF staffers are recalculating benefits to get notices out to affected households as soon as possible.
Those affected by the change will see an adjustment to their benefits by Nov. 1.