4/2/20 Note: CT Department of Social Services Announcement
COVID-19 SNAP Emergency Benefit
The emergency benefit amount will be the difference between what the household received in March and April, 2020 and what the maximum benefit amount is for their household size.
• Emergency benefits will be issued only 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.
• Household already receiving the maximum amount in these months will not receive a supplement.
• 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.
• DSS expects that nearly 97,000 of the 197,800 SNAP-participating households statewide will receive these emergency benefits.
• Emergency benefits will allow the household’s current monthly allotment to increase to the maximum allotment for a household of that size as follows:
Household size Maximum Benefit Amount
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.
• 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).
This and more information can be found here: www.ct.gov/snap
Food Stamps Snap (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Program Administration: The Food Stamp program (now known as SNAP) is a federal program administered by the US Department of Agriculture and managed in Connecticut by the Department of Social Services (DSS). The following is summarized from the DSS website, https://portal.ct.gov/DSS/SNAP/Supplemental-Nutrition-Assistance-Program—SNAP
Who Can Get SNAP?
A person must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen to qualify for SNAP. U.S. citizens and certain legal immigrants who have little or no income are likely to be eligible for SNAP. This includes, but is not limited to, people who are:
NOTE: New Eligibility Time Limits for Some SNAP Participants (Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents) as of January 1, 2016
Dependents from age 18 up to 50th birthday, will be required to meet special work requirements to be eligible for SNAP benefits for more than 3 months during a 36 month period, see website link for more details — http://portal.ct.gov/DSS/SNAP/Able-Bodied-Adults-Without-Dependents-or-ABAWDs
USDA Website on Eligibility https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program
Where Do People Apply?
***If you’re enrolled in SNAP already, you can now take care of your “periodic report form” online, here: www.ct.gov/dss/snapreportform
What Documents are Needed?
Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)
All benefits are issued into a recipient’s EBT account. If your last name starts with A-F, you will receive benefits on that 1st of the month; G-N on the 2nd, and O-Z on the 3rd. Benefits are issued on these dates even if it’s a holiday or weekend.
When granted SNAP, an EBT card is mailed to you, along with instructions on how to set up your PIN (Personal Identification Number). This number is your secret code that allows only you to access your benefits. If you give this number to someone else, they can access your benefits if they have your card. Keep your PIN number safe and do not keep it with your card. Benefits removed from your EBT account will not be replaced.
If having trouble with card, pin number, if card is lost or stolen, you must call the 24/7 Customer Service Line, 1-888-328-2666
What is the Appeal Process if SNAP Benefits are Denied? Request for appeal of a denial must be made within 90 days of the date of the decision notice. Request a hearing or locate a form, http://portal.ct.gov/DSS/The-Office-of-Legal-Counsel-Regulations-and-Administrative-Hearings/Office-of-Legal-Counsel-Regulations-and-Administrative-Hearings—OLCRAH/How-To
by calling the Administrative Hearing Unit at 860-424-5760 (within Hartford calling area) and 1-800-462-0134 (if calling from outside of the Hartford calling area), or write to: Office of Legal Counsel, Regulations and Administrative Hearings, Department of Social Services, 55 Farmington Avenue, 11th Floor, Hartford, CT 06105 (Fax Number – 860-424-5729).
Advocacy For information concerning legal rights or for assistance with an appeal call Statewide Legal Services. End Hunger Connecticut provides advocacy for the food needs of low income children and adults in the State of Connecticut.
Other Resources End Hunger Connecticut has an online SNAP prescreening tool in English and Spanish at http://www.ctfoodstamps.org/. Also, End Hunger SNAP Outreach Advocates can assist with eligibility questions, problems with applications, and other services needed, to receive and maintain benefits under the SNAP/Food Stamp program. Services include pre-eligibility screening and assistance with applications, re-determinations, periodic review forms and verifications.
UCONN Center for Public Health and Health Policy has created a website, Snap4ct, which has healthy eating tips that includes recipes, health questions answered by a nutritionist, and a sign up for a Snap newsletter, and much more.
To Find Providers in Connecticut’s Community Resources Database:
Search by service name: Food Stamps/SNAP
SOURCES: Connecticut State Department of Social Services; U.S. Department of Agriculture; End Hunger Connecticut; University of Connecticut Public Health and Health Policy
PREPARED BY: 211/rj
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: April2020