Weekly COVID-19 UpdateNovember 16, 2021
WEEKLY UPDATE ON CONNECTICUT'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19
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Connecticut’s SNAP-eligible households to receive additional emergency food benefits November 17
The Connecticut Department of Social Services today announced that it will deliver $32.3 million in Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to more than 213,100 Connecticut households on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Monthly allocations of emergency SNAP benefits are going to all enrolled households, based on the continuance of a declared public health emergency related to COVID-19 in Connecticut.
Authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, this federal allocation will provide a minimum of $95 in extra food aid to all enrolled families and individuals, raising Connecticut’s total emergency SNAP funding to over $505.7 million since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
- All 213,100 SNAP-eligible households statewide will receive the emergency benefits on their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards on November 17, 2021.
- Households already eligible for the maximum monthly SNAP benefit will receive an extra $95.
- The remaining households that don’t usually qualify for the maximum monthly SNAP benefit because of income or other factors will receive extra benefits of at least $95 but average an estimated $154 (depending on their specific benefit situation).
- With this additional $32.3 million allocation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, emergency benefits are totaling over $505.7 million in additional SNAP assistance statewide over 19 months, with commensurate spending at supermarkets, groceries, farmers markets, and other food retailers.
- The $95 increase results from President Biden’s January 22, 2021, executive order, which required the USDA to consider new guidance allowing states to increase SNAP emergency benefit allocations for all households, including those previously ineligible to receive it. This increase is expected to be ongoing, contingent on the continuation of the state and federal public health emergencies.
- All households also received their normal SNAP benefits, based on the new Thrifty Food Plan amounts, on one of the first three days of the month as they normally do, according to last name.
- If a household is granted regular SNAP benefits on or after Monday, November 15, the additional SNAP benefits will be added to the EBT card on a Friday, depending on the date of granting.
For additional information about SNAP, visit www.ct.gov/snap.
Providing information to Connecticut residents
For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus. Residents can also subscribe to text message alerts from the state by texting the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.
Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Anyone who is out-of-state or requires a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider.