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 2015 Food Value Allocation $3,079,587.00
FFY 2015 Administrative Allocation $ 470,391.00