DSS: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Overview

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Overview


SNAP recipients in Connecticut must report when their household’s total monthly gross income goes above 130% of the federal poverty level (FPL)


Follow this link to learn more about income requirements.


SNAP Benefit Increase in October 2014 

Based on a federally-required change in how SNAP benefits are calculated, your SNAP benefits will increase effective October 1, 2014.


This increase will be in two parts.  A one-time benefit for the month of October will be added to your benefit account in the week of October 20-24.   In November and all future months that you are eligible for SNAP the increase will be added to your regular benefit.


For example, if you received $100 at the beginning of October, you may receive a  one-time addition of $5 in the week of October 20-24.  In November and future months you would get $105 as your regular benefit.  This is just an example – increases will vary from household to household.


There is no need to contact DSS at this time about this change. Any increase due will be added to your benefit automatically. This is simply a notice for your information.






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


Se incrementan los beneficios de SNAP en octubre de 2014 

Basado en un cambio requerido por el gobierno federal en cuanto a la forma de calcular los beneficios de SNAP, sus beneficios de SNAP se incrementan, efectivo el 1ro. de octubre de 2014.


Este incremento tendrá dos partes. Un beneficio lo recibirá de una sola vez para el mes de octubre añadido a su cuenta de beneficios en la semana del 20-24 de octubre. En noviembre, y todos los meses futuros en que usted sea elegible para recibir SNAP, se agregará el aumento a su beneficio regular.


Por ejemplo, si usted recibió $100 al comienzo de octubre, usted podría recibir $5 adicionales de una sola vez en la semana del 20 al 24 de octubre. En noviembre, y en los meses futuros, podría recibir $105 como beneficio regular. Esto es sólo un ejemplo. Los aumentos varían de un hogar a otro.


No necesita comunicarse con el DSS en este momento en relación con este cambio. Cualquier aumento que se le deba será añadido automáticamente a su beneficio. Esto es simplemente un aviso para su información.





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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income individuals and families afford the cost of food at grocery stores and farmers’ markets. You can apply for these benefits by completing a state application form. This form can be mailed, faxed, or dropped off at a local DSS Regional Office. Once the form is complete, you will be assigned an eligibility worker who will interview you to complete the application process.

If you prefer, you can fill out the application for SNAP benefits at your local Department of Social Services office. You can also authorize someone else to do the application paperwork for you. If you are unable to get to a DSS office, and if there is no one who can go for you, ask DSS to do your application interview by mail and phone. 

The rules for getting SNAP benefits in Connecticut require that a person must be a resident of Connecticut whose income and assets are within set limits. 

Benefits are provided by Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card—a plastic swipe card that looks and is is used like a credit or debit card, and accepted at most grocery stores. If you qualify for SNAP, you can designate another person to do food shopping for you.  We call that person your authorized representative, and issue a separate EBT card to that person.

Recipes, Nutrition, Health, & FNS SNAP pre-screening tool. You may also use the DSS ConneCT pre-screening tool found on our home page at www.ct.gov/dss or at www.connect.ct.gov called “Am I Eligible” which also pre-screens for cash and medical benefits.
More information can also be found on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service website.
Please note: to make sure you get the correct SNAP benefit, please be sure to give us all the information about your household's income, resources and household costs. Some household costs are called "deductions." Please follow this link for information on SNAP deductions. (Versión en Español)
Beneficiaries who would like more information may call 2-1-1.
More on SNAP and Similar Programs
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Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Are you a retailer that would like to accept SNAP benefits?
You can now apply online; it's fast, secure, easy to use,
and best of all, it's available when you are, 24/7.  By applying online, you can also check the
real-time status of your application online using your USDA account. 

Applying to accept SNAP benefits at your store is a simple three step process: get a USDA
account, fill out an application online, and mail us your supporting documentation to complete
your file.  

Follow this link to find out more about aplying for SNAP.

Content Last Modified on 12/2/2014 3:55:34 PM