**All 12 DSS Field Offices are now available for pick-up and drop-off of applications/forms; filling out applications/forms on-site; general information; questions & answers; and picking up of EBT cards & income verifications. Lobby hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Drop-boxes are also available.  Please note:  no in-person assistance such as interviewing and eligibility determination available yet, due to pandemic safety guidelines.  Visitors, please wear masks and observe safe social distancing.  For office locations, please visit www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices .

 **Response time at our telephone Benefits Center (1-855-6-CONNECT) is currently longer than usual.  Thank you for your patience.

 **24/7 access:  Customers can access benefit and application information, 24/7, at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply; or 1-855-6-CONNECT. Full information on ways to contact DSS online, by phone, by mail, and at office dropboxes is at www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices. Information and updates about child support is available at www.ct.gov/dss/childsupport. Please also visit www.ct.gov/coronavirus for latest State of Connecticut updates; and www.ct.gov/dss/covid for DSS-specific updates. Thank you.

 

Nutrition Assistance Programs

Overview

Nutrition Assistance programs provide food and cash equivalents to various populations DSS serves. Their goal is to promote adequate nutrition among the target populations.
 
Connecticut Nutrition Assistance Program (CTNAP)
 
The Department of Social Services contracts with the Connecticut Food Bank, Inc. for this program. Connecticut Food Bank, Inc. purchases high protein foods and other nutritionally beneficial supplemental foods in bulk to be distributed by eligible food pantries, emergency shelters and soup kitchens to needy households. Approximately 300 food banks, pantries, shelters, etc. participate in the CTNAP program.
 
SFY 2015 Allocation $1,052,577.00

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
 
DSS contracts with Connecticut Food Bank, Inc. and Foodshare, Inc. to distribute United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodities to eligible food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens that serve meals and provide food to households. These commodities include items such as canned vegetables, fruits, meat, cereals, etc.  The amount of funding received by each state depends on its low-income and unemployed population. For more information on the USDA TEFAP program please follow this link: 
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tefap/emergency-food-assistance-program-tefap Opens in a new window
 
A listing of food pantries and emergency food assistance locations in your area can also be obtained by calling Infoline from any area in the state – just dial  211 or visit: the Infoline website http://www.infoline.org/ Opens in a new window
 
FFY 2019 Food Value Allocation               $2,971,761.00      
FFY 2019 Administrative Allocation           $1,136,011.00

 

 

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