This article provides information on Connecticut’s SNAP (food stamp) program, including the latest on Emergency Allotments (EA) approved via the federally funded COVID stimulus bills.
Over 200,000 residents benefit from the federally funded, state administered program, which was designed to help families facing pandemic related hardships. See further details and payments schedules below.
2023 Emergency Allotments
CT has requested and received USDA approval for paying the SNAP Emergency Allotments for January 2023, with a final payment extension likely for February 2023. As long as federal and state public health emergencies exist, they can apply for SNAP EA waivers.
The SNAP emergency allotment program provides additional payments to households that are only eligible for partial benefits. These payments will boost monthly benefits by 15%, up to the maximum amount for their household size.
Households that are already receiving the maximum benefit amount will receive an additional $95 per month. Details on the request and issuance dates are provided below.
If eligible, you will get the SAP EA payment/allotment boost on your EBT card mid-month as well as all subsequent Fridays to help you buy food and groceries.
See this article for further information on the SNAP program and emergency allotments in other states. These allotments are a lifeline to many households in the absence of additional stimulus payments or expanded unemployment benefits.
SNAP EA Benefits Ending
Despite passing a $1.7 trillion spending bill, no additional funding was allocated for further SNAP Emergency allotments after February 2023. So the extra SNAP EA boost will end in March 2023. I will post further updates as applicable.
State SNAP Resources and Contact Information
The SNAP program assists low-income households by providing them with financial assistance to purchase food. This program helps individuals and families afford more nutritious options at grocery stores and supermarkets.
Eligible participants will be issued an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which can be used to make food purchases. It is important they secure this card and change the PIN monthly to prevent scammers from stealing the funds.
You can find out your normal benefit amount and EBT balance online at https://myDSS.ct.gov or by calling 1-888-328-2666.