NOTICE: Our customers can access benefit and application information, 24/7, at www.connect.ct.govand www.ct.gov/dss/apply;
or 1-855-6-CONNECT (except during system maintenance on Friday, April 10, from 6:00 a.m. to Sunday, April 12 at 6:00 a.m.).

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP

Overview

NEW!  Extra SNAP Benefits in April for Nearly 100,000 Households

The Department of Social Services (DSS) is providing Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to nearly half of Connecticut SNAP participants on April 9 and April 20, 2020.

Authorized by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, the extra food benefits will go to approximately 97,000 households not currently receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. This means that all households enrolled in SNAP will receive the maximum food benefit allowable for their household size, even if they aren’t usually eligible for the maximum benefit.

Specifically:

  • Emergency benefits will be issued to households that are not already receiving the maximum benefits for their household size.  These extra benefits will be provided in addition to the benefits these households normally receive each month.  
  • The first emergency benefit allocation will be available in electronic benefit transfer (EBT) accounts on Thursday, April 9, 2020.  The second emergency benefits allocation will be available on Monday, April 20, 2020.
  • All participating households will also receive their normal SNAP benefits on the first three days of each month they normally do, according to last name.
  • DSS expects that nearly 97,000 of our 197,800 SNAP-participating households statewide will receive the emergency benefits.
  • The emergency benefits are expected to provide over $28 million in additional SNAP benefits statewide.
  • The average emergency benefit amount a household will see on its card is $296 (split evenly in deposits to EBT accounts on April 9 and 20).
  • Emergency benefits will allow the household’s SNAP benefit to increase to the maximum allotment for a household of that size as follows:

Household size

Maximum Benefit Amount

1

$194

2

$355

3

$509

4

$646

5

$768

6

$921

7

$1,018

8

$1,164



Each additional person: add $146

For example, if a household of two received $255 dollars of SNAP benefits in March 2020 and $255 of SNAP benefits in April 2020, it would require $100 for March and $100 for April to bring them up to the maximum benefit for their household size. This household would receive a $100 emergency benefit on April 9 and a $100 allotment on April 20.  

Notes:

  • While the average total benefit increase will be $296, many households will see a small benefit increase.  About 27,300 will receive less than $50 in each deposit; and of this group, about 6,000 households will receive less than $10 in each deposit.

     

  • Households that received SNAP during the months of March and April 2020 will receive two emergency benefit allocations (on April 9 and April 20).Households approved to receive SNAP with application date of April 1 or later will receive one emergency benefit allocation (on April 20).[updated 4-3-20]

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NEW!  Many Application Interviews Being Waived.  For SNAP applications received March 1 through May 31, 2020, the Department of Social Services is no longer conducting telephone interviews in many situations.  This change will help speed eligibility determination for SNAP during the COVID-19 emergency.  Please see details below.

As authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and guidance received from the federal Food and Nutrition Service, the Department will not be required to interview SNAP households at initial application or redetermination through May 31, 2020, provided that all of the following conditions are met:

  • Identity is verified;
  • The SNAP application or redetermination is complete, not questionable and all information needed to approve the application or redetermination is provided;
  • Mandatory verifications are provided, complete, and not questionable (this includes proof of income or job loss);
  • The household will be approved for ongoing benefits; and
  • The household does not request an interview.

When an application or redetermination is received, and all of the criteria above are met, a DSS eligibility services worker will process the case without attempting an interview.

DSS will make every reasonable attempt to verify the information needed by utilizing available resources, data match sources, and collateral contacts prior to attempting an interview.

If one of the criteria above are not met, or verification cannot be done, a DSS worker will attempt to call the household two times.  If the DSS worker is unsuccessful, he/she will send an interview notice, along with whatever information is needed to complete the application or redetermination.  If the household then responds with the needed information before completing the interview , and all the criteria above are met, the DSS worker will process the case without the interview.

For Expedited SNAP cases:  DSS will still issues SNAP benefits for one or two months, depending on whether the application was received before or after the 15th of the month, while the interview and verifications are pending.  Just as above, If the household then responds with the needed information before completing the interview, and all the criteria above are met, the DSS worker will process the case without the interview.  Please note:  Expedited SNAP cases are those where the household has gross income less than $150 and liquid assets less than $100 in the month of application, whose combined income and assets are less than their combined rent/mortgage and utility expenses, or who are migrant or seasonal farmworkers who are destitute and have liquid assets less than $100 while residing in Connecticut.

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, helps eligible individuals and families afford the cost of food at supermarkets, grocery stores and farmers’ markets.

SNAP Time Limits for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDs): What you should know

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SNAP recipients in Connecticut must report when their household’s total monthly gross income goes above 130% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Please follow this link to learn more about income reporting requirements.

Mensaje Importante sobre SNAP

Beneficiarios de SNAP en Connecticut tienen que reportar cuando el total del ingreso bruto mensual de su hogar exceda el 130% del nivel federal de pobreza (FPL) Oprime aquí para obtener más información.

 

Please follow this link to view the CT SNAP Policy Handbook.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement 

For full information about getting delicious, healthy foods at Connecticut farmers’ markets and farms, please follow this link.

 

If you're enrolled in SNAP, you can now take care of your

'periodic report form' online!  Check out www.ct.gov/dss/snapreportform

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