*SNAP Recipients: Starting in January 2023, DSS will be texting renewal reminders to recipients who need to submit their renewal forms. Texts will come from the DSS Benefits Center phone number (855-626-6632). Texts will be strictly informational. They will NOT ask for identifying or personal information. Click here for more information.

*Don’t miss important news about your benefits: Update your contact info online now! Visit Update Us (ct.gov)

*24/7 access to DSS: Already a DSS client? Use the MyDSS mobile-friendly app: www.ct.gov/mydss. Apply & renew services at www.connect.ct.gov, plus get benefit status, notices, report changes, upload/send documents & more!

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Outreach Program


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the cornerstone of the Nation’s nutrition safety net and an investment in our future. SNAP helps low-income people buy the food they need for good health. Although SNAP is a Federal program, it is administered in Connecticut by the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS).

State agencies administering SNAP have the option to conduct program informational activities also called “Outreach” to inform low-income households about the availability, eligibility requirements, application procedures and the benefits of SNAP.

SNAP Outreach can also correct myths and misperceptions about SNAP and enable potentially eligible people to make an informed decision about whether or not to apply.

DSS currently partners with the Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA) to provide the following SNAP Outreach services:

  • Informational presentations for potentially eligible SNAP clients as well as other community partners/organizations
  • SNAP eligibility pre-screening
  • Help with SNAP application completion and submission 
  • Help with gathering and submitting verifications
  • Help with understanding the application process
  • Help with remaining eligible for SNAP by assisting with the recertification process

As Outreach partners CAFCA help increase the quality of applications we get. This helps reduce time spent to process these applications. This effort helps both clients and our staff and improves satisfaction with the program.

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