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  • Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents or ABAWDs

    Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents from age 18 up to 50th birthday will be required to meet special work requirements to be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for more than 3 months during a 36-month period.

  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program

    The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to help improve the health of low-income persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious food products provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

  • Connecticut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)

    The overall goal of the Connecticut SNAP-Ed program is grounded in the federal goal “to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food guidance.”

  • Economic Security - Electronic Benefits Transfer EBT

    The goals of the DSS-EBT project are to: provide a more reliable, stable, and convenient benefit delivery system; to provide a more cost effective and efficient benefit issuance system; to eliminate ATP card redemption, SNAP handling, and check cashing in Connecticut banks; to provide authorized SNAP retailers with EBT technology at the point-of-sale and streamlined accounting and settlement procedures for SNAP; to reduce the administrative costs of benefit issuance; and to reduce fraud and SNAP benefit trafficking associated with the paper benefit issuance process.

  • Economic Security - Financial Assistance

    The financial assistance programs provide income support to individuals and families to meet their basic needs while encouraging their maximum degree of independence.

  • Food Assistance - Farmer's Markets

    Many Farmers' Markets and Farm Stands throughout Connecticut now can accept EBT/SNAP (Formerly known as Food Stamps). This means you will once again be able to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables that arrive more quickly and fresher than those transported long distances from other states and countries.

  • Nutrition Assistance Programs

    Nutrition Assistance programs provide food and cash equivalents to various populations DSS serves. Their goal is to promote adequate nutrition among the target populations.

  • SNAP Periodic Report Forms -- Now Online!

    The SNAP Periodic Report Form, or “PRF,” helps DSS to gather information about any changes you may have had since the last time you completed a renewal. Generally, it is done half-way through your certification period. The PRF will be pre-populated with the information about your household that DSS has in our records. You will receive your PRF from the department in the mail.

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP

    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.