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Background: Hunger Free Vermont’s mission is to feed more Vermonters, teach the community about healthy food and nutrition and lead advocacy and education efforts to end hunger in Vermont. In Vermont 11.4% of all seniors are considered food insecure. To address this issue, Hunger Free Vermont has taken on the task of increasing enrollment in 3Squares Vermont, the state food stamps program. 68% of people in VT who are eligible for 3SqVT are enrolled. Surprisingly, only 29.2% of eligible seniors are enrolled. Our study focuses on the leaders of community organizations who impact seniors. Through focus groups we assessed their: - Knowledge of the 3SqV program - Knowledge of senior enrollment and food insecurity - Ideas about the barriers leading to low enrollment - Solutions


Karen Dolan, Hunger Free Vermont

William Jeffries, PhD, University of Vermont College of Medicine

Angela Smith-Dieng, MA, Hunger Free Vermont


Hunger Free Vermont


Access to Health Services, Educational and Community-Based Programs, Health Communication and Health Information Technology, Nutrition and Weight Status, Older Adults, Public Health Infrastructure

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Increasing Senior Enrollment in 3SquaresVT