Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people to buy and eat nutritious food

Thursday, Feb. 10th 2011 8:04 AM
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people to buy and eat nutritious food. The modern SNAP program was set up in 1971. The Federal government pays most of the costs of the SNAP program. Each state operates a SNAP program following rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Today, people access SNAP benefits by Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), a plastic swipe card that looks like a credit or debit card. If you are disabled and qualify for SNAP, you can designate another person to do food shopping with your SNAP card.The rules for getting SNAP in Connecticut require that a person must be a resident of Connecticut whose income and countable assets (including motor vehicles, savings, checking, stocks, and bonds combined) are within set limits.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Connecticut and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

For detailed application information, visit:
http://www.ctfoodstamps.org/home/index.cfm?AC=HowToApplyTo see if you may be eligible for this program before you apply, visit:
http://www.ctfoodstamps.org/screener/

Program Contact Information

Or call: 1-800-842-1508
Department of Social Services Office Locations and Telephone Numbers can be found on our web site at: http://www.ct.gov/dss/cwp/view.asp?a=2345&q=304888&dssNav=|

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