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What to know about cuts to extra federal food assistance

Volunteers at the Winooksi Food Shelf follow new COVID-19 safety protocols and arrange a Saturday food pick-up program outdoors.
Matthew Smith
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Vermont Public Radio
Vermonters who depend on additional federal assistance to buy groceries will receive reduced benefits starting in March.

Supplemental SNAP payments have helped thousands of Vermonters close the hunger gap over the last several years, but those additional benefits will expire in March. This hour, we'll talk to food security advocates about what's changing, and how Vermonters can help people get the assistance they need.

Our guests are:

To learn more about 3SquaresVT and see if you may qualify, visit Vermont Food Help or text VFBSNAP to 85511.
To join in efforts to end hunger in Vermont, visit Hunger Free Vermont's Action Center.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Connor Cyrus joined Vermont Public as host and senior producer in March 2021. He was a morning reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), he started his reporting career as an intern at WPTZ, later working for WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and WCAX Channel 3, where he covered a broad range of stories from Vermont’s dairy industry to the nurses’ strikes at UVM Medical Center. He’s passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Andrea Laurion joined Vermont Public as a news producer for Vermont Edition in December 2022. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. Before getting into audio, Andrea worked as an obituary writer, a lunch lady, a wedding photographer assistant, a children’s birthday party hostess, a haunted house actor, and an admin assistant many times over.