SNAP Information & Overview
SNAP provides low-income households with electronic benefits that are used like cash at most grocery stores and some farmers markets. SNAP is the cornerstone of all Federal food assistance programs, providing crucial support to the food insecure. In 2009 SNAP put food on the table for 31 million people per month.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture administers SNAP at the Federal level through its Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). State agencies (Department of Social Services in CT) administer the program at State and local levels, including determination of eligibility and allotments, and distribution of benefits. (USDA Website)
CT DSS SNAP information
How does SNAP Help?
SNAP helps people purchase food. If you're like many people it can be hard to make ends meet, but no one should have to choose between paying the bills or buying groceries. SNAP can help you get the food you need.
SNAP helps single people and families buy food through a monthly benefit/dollar amount posted to an electronic card like a bankcard. The cards are accepted at most stores that sell food and many Farmer's Markets.
USDA - find a store that accepts SNAP
CT Farmers Markets that accept SNAP
SNAP is NOT cash assistance. Even if you are no longer receiving TFA benefits, you still may be eligible for SNAP. And you may be eligible even if you are working. It depends on your income and how many people live in your household. If you meet certain guidelines, you may be eligible for SNAP benefits.
Current CT income guidelines for SNAP
GROSS monthly income limits as of October 1, 2012
Size of Household- 1 2 3 4
GROSS Monthly Income- $1,723 $2,333 $2,943 $3,553
Maximum Monthly Benefit- $200 $367 $526 $668
What can I buy with SNAP benefits?
SNAP can only be used to buy food, beverages, and food-producing seeds and plants. Alcohol, tobacco, pet food, soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, non-prescription drugs, or any other non-food item CANNOT be purchased with SNAP. You are also not allowed to buy heated foods with SNAP.
USDA information on how SNAP is used and items that cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits.
Special programs and places to use SNAP benefits.
There are a few places where you can use SNAP to get prepared meals. The Meals on Wheels program for the elderly and disabled allows you to use food stamps. Elderly, disabled or homeless individuals living in a place that serves meals can also use SNAP benefits to get these meals.
Additional SNAP Information
USDA information on the SNAP program
Information on the Federal Nutrition Service (FNS)
USDA National and State information on SNAP participation
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policym, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs or diability. 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.