Are We Getting Extra Food Stamps This Month in Ct

Due to the federal government shutdown, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for February may be issued early in Connecticut. A state spokesperson said the early distribution is intended to ensure that recipients have access to food assistance before potential funding issues arise. The exact date for the early distribution has not been released by the Connecticut Department of Social Services. However, recipients are advised to keep an eye on their mailboxes or online accounts for their February SNAP benefits.

Temporary Increase in CT Food Stamp Benefits

The Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) has announced that food stamp benefits will be temporarily increased for all recipients in the state. This increase is part of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is intended to help families struggling to put food on the table. The increase will be effective for the months of January through June 2023.

The amount of the increase will vary depending on the size of the household. For a household of one person, the increase will be $95 per month. For a household of two people, the increase will be $140 per month. For a household of three people, the increase will be $190 per month. And so on.

To see the full breakdown of the benefit increases, please refer to the table below:

Household SizeIncrease Amount

The DSS is urging all eligible households to apply for food stamps. To apply, you can visit the DSS website or call the DSS helpline at 1-855-626-6632.

If you are already receiving food stamps, you will not need to do anything to receive the increased benefits. The increase will be automatically added to your EBT card.

The DSS hopes that the increase in food stamp benefits will help families during this difficult time. The DSS is committed to providing assistance to those in need, and it will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary.

New Ct Food Stamp Application Process

To apply for food stamps in Connecticut, you must meet certain eligibility criteria. A separate application process is required for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides food assistance to low-income households, and the Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) program, which provides food assistance to households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

SNAP Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Have a Social Security number or apply for one
  • Meet income and asset limits

P-EBT Eligibility Criteria

  • Have a child who is enrolled in a Connecticut public school or is eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals
  • Meet income and asset limits

How to Apply for SNAP or P-EBT

You can apply for SNAP or P-EBT online, by mail, or in person at your local Department of Social Services office. To apply online, visit the Connecticut Department of Social Services website. To apply by mail, download the application form from the DSS website and mail it to the address provided on the form. To apply in person, visit your local DSS office.

What You Will Need to Apply

  • Proof of income
  • Proof of assets
  • Proof of identity
  • Social Security number or proof that you have applied for one
  • Proof of school enrollment for P-EBT applicants

Processing Time

SNAP applications are typically processed within 30 days. P-EBT applications are typically processed within 45 days.


SNAP benefits are issued on an EBT card, which can be used to purchase food at authorized retailers. The amount of benefits you receive depends on your household size and income. P-EBT benefits are also issued on an EBT card and can be used to purchase food at authorized retailers. The amount of benefits you receive depends on the number of eligible children in your household.

SNAP and P-EBT Benefit Amounts
Household SizeSNAP Benefit AmountP-EBT Benefit Amount

Emergency Allotments Explained

To address increased levels of food insecurity experienced by individuals and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorized emergency allotments. These temporary benefits provide additional funds to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, often known as food stamps.

Emergency Allotment Structure

  • Maximum Allotments: SNAP participants typically receive a monthly benefit based on household size and income. During emergencies, maximum allotments may be established to ensure all eligible households receive the same additional benefit.
  • Benefit Distribution: Additional funds are distributed directly to SNAP accounts, allowing beneficiaries to access and use them like regular SNAP benefits.
  • Duration: Emergency allotments are typically temporary and may be extended based on the ongoing need and availability of resources.

Impact of Emergency Allotments

  • Increased Food Security: Additional SNAP benefits help alleviate food insecurity and hunger among vulnerable populations.
  • Economic Relief: The extra funds boost local economies as SNAP recipients spend their benefits at authorized retailers, supporting businesses and jobs.
  • Healthier Diets: Increased access to nutritious food can improve overall health and well-being, reducing the risk of diet-related illnesses.
Average Monthly SNAP Benefits per Person
Household SizeRegular BenefitEmergency AllotmentTotal Benefit

Note: These figures are for illustrative purposes only and may vary based on specific circumstances and local policies.

Eligibility Requirements for Extra Food Stamps

To be eligible for extra food stamps, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a resident of Connecticut.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
  • Have a Social Security number.
  • Meet the income and asset limits. (See the table below for more information.)
  • Be unemployed or underemployed.
  • Be a member of a household that is experiencing food insecurity.
Household SizeIncome LimitAsset Limit
Each additional person$548$1,000

If you meet all of the eligibility requirements, you can apply for extra food stamps by calling the Connecticut Department of Social Services at 1-800-842-1424.

Hey there, folks! So, that’s the scoop on the food stamp situation in Connecticut this month. I hope you found the info helpful. Remember, if you’re still wondering about something, don’t be a stranger—head over to the state’s Department of Social Services website or give them a call. They’ll have all the answers you need. Keep an eye out for updates on our site too. We’ll be sure to let you know if there are any changes in the program. Take care, and I’ll catch you on the flip side!