Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Formerly the Food Stamp Program

SNAP-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides low-income households with monthly electronic benefits through an Electronic Bank Transfer (EBT) card that is 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.

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, and also has programs to help you learn to eat healthy and be active.

SNAP helps single people and families buy food through a monthly benefit/dollar amount posted to an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, similar to 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.



Am I qualified for SNAP benefits? How do I apply?

SNAP is for people and families with low incomes, and anyone can apply. If you qualify, you will receive SNAP benefits within 30 days after you apply. If you have little or no money, please let your SNAP worker know. You may be able to get help sooner.

To determine eligibility before applying: Visit End Hunger Connecticut! at & access the SNAP Prescreener for our online prescreener and to connect with a SNAP advocate.

The amount of SNAP you get depends on:

Resources: i.e. cars

Income: How much money you have & make

Family Size: How many are in your family


  Click here for more information about applying to the SNAP program.

*If you are a legal immigrant, you may be eligible if you have been in Connecticut for 6 months or more. Getting SNAP will not hurt your chances to become a citizen if you are documented.Your children may be able to get SNAP even if you cannot. The application is in your children’s names, not yours.

Current CT income Guidelines for SNAP

GROSS monthly income limits as of July 1, 2014

Size of Household-                     1                    2                     3                    4

GROSS Monthly Income-            $1,773          $2,393        $3,012            $3,632


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.

Angel Food Ministries is a national program that accepts SNAP and helps people stretch their food dollar.  They publish a monthly menu of items that can be purchased by anyone. Local organizations (usually, but not limited to, churches) agree to become a distribution site, take the orders, accept payment and hold the food for pick up.  Orders have to be placed by a certain day each month and MUST be picked up on the delivery date (there is no food storage).

Call the location nearest you to find out what the order/pick up dates are.

View the monthly menu.

Find a local Angel Food site.

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 policy, 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.