Overview, Application Information & Resources
SNAP Time Limits for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDs): What you should know
Important Message about SNAP: SNAP recipients in Connecticut must report when their household’s total monthly gross income goes above 130% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Please click here to learn more about income reporting requirements.
Mensaje Importante sobre SNAP: 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.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, helps eligible individuals and families afford the cost of food at supermarkets, grocery stores and farmers’ markets. You can apply for these benefits by completing a state application form. This form can be done online, or 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 – or you can apply online.
For application information, please click here, or see information below:
- Households and individuals who wish to apply for SNAP (food stamps)
- Medicaid for the Aged/Blind/Disabled (HUSKY C)
- Medicaid for Employees with Disabilities (MED-Connect)
- Cash assistance: Eligibility Determination Document (W-1E) with Instructions (6,258KB) Versión en Español
To apply online, please click here.
- EBT Handbook - How to Get Your SNAP and/or Cash Benefits
- A Guide to SNAP
- Guia para el Programa De Asistencia Suplementaria Para Nutrition
The rules for getting SNAP benefits in Connecticut require that a person must be a resident of Connecticut whose income and, in some cases, assets are within set limits. Income 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.
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 click here for information on SNAP deductions. (Versión en Español)
Beneficiaries who would like more information may call 2-1-1 (toll-free).
- Beneficiary question and answer sheet
- How to Access SNAP Benefits Using Your EBT Card
- What you can and cannot buy using your SNAP benefits Versión en Español
More on SNAP and Similar Programs:
- Income Limits
- Want to Shop at Farmers' Markets and Farm Stands?
- Nutritional Assistance Programs
- About the Electronic Benefits Transfer Project
- The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
- Employment & Training - Your Path to Employment
- Recipes, Nutrition, Health, & FNS SNAP pre-screening tool
More information can also be found on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service website.
Are you a retailer who 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 your supporting documentation to complete your file.
Please click here to learn more about applying to become an FNS authorized retailer.