Food assistance benefits increase

Vermonters who qualify for food stamps will be getting a raise today . The federal stimulus bill includes $34 million to increase benefits to people in the "3Squares-Vermont” program, which was formerly called Food Stamps.

Food Stamps Revamped: 3SquaresVT

As of the first of this year, thousands more Vermonters could qualify for the program formerly known as Food Stamps. The program has a new name, too: 3SquaresVT. Also, a new, toll-free hotline helps dairy farmers cope with mounting economic stress. And ski jumping returns to Brattleboro.

Morning Newscast: September 11, 2008

Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.: Vermont will expand eligibility for Food Stamp assistance as state officials plan for what they say could be a difficult winter; Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gaye Symington has unveiled a plan to get more Vermont students to attend college; Renovations to transform Vermont’s Northwest State Correctional Facility into a prison for women are under way…

VPR Evening News September 10th, 2008

Food stamp eligibility expanded; New signs the Vermont economy is slowing; Manchester company wins Navy contract; CCV getting a new home in Burlington; and commentator Leora Dowling on understanding Haiti.

Debit cards arriving at farmers’ markets

More Vermont farmers’ markets are accepting debit cards and electronic food stamps this summer, making it easier for people to buy local produce, organic cheeses and homemade breads and pies.