Once they were called food stamps. Now they will be called “3Squares VT.
In announcing Jan. 1 expansion of food stamp eligibility, Gov. Jim Douglas also today announced the new name.
“3Squares VT is more than just a renamed Food Stamp Program. It is an expanded supplemental nutrition assistance program that can help more hard-working Vermonters than ever put three square meals on their table. Calling the program by a more accurate name can help mitigate some of the embarrassment or stigma some applicants might associate with the program," Douglas said.
Does the name change really do anything? Is it easier to say you are applying for 3SquaresVT than applying for food stamps? Or does it pose of the risk of confusing people with so many program names?
- Terri Hallenbeck