**DSS Field Offices are now open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

**DSS Field Offices and our staffed telephone Benefits Center (1-855-6-CONNECT or 1-855-626-6632) are closed on Wednesdays to allow our staff time to process applications, renewals and related work.

**24/7 access: Customers can access benefit and application information, at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply; or our automated Client Information Line at 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632). More about 24/7 access options at www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices.

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 2020 Allocation $660,772.50

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 2020 Food Value Allocation           $3,597,491.00      
FFY 2020 Administrative Allocation        $815,588.00

 

 

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement 

 

USDA Aviso de No Discriminación