Not getting food stamps? Connecticut is sending $32.5 million in food aid to qualifying families today

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Fewer people will go hungry in Connecticut as a planned one-time benefit of $391 per eligible child is on the way.

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In partnership with the Connecticut State Department of Education, the Connecticut Department of Social Services is distributing $32.5 million in special food assistance benefits on Monday, November 7. This assistance will help school children who are enrolled in the free or reduced-price meal program, but who do not receive the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Family Assistance (TFA), or Medicaid (HUSKY A).

This action will benefit more than 65,770 children and their families.

Separately, 17,500 children who qualify for the Summer Pandemic EBT: Children in School distribution but who have not yet received a Pandemic EBT card will receive their distribution with their household’s EBT cards starting November 17.

DSS aligned the Summer Pandemic EBT food benefit deposit to EBT accounts by 5:00 p.m. Monday.

Benefits can be used at any retailer that accepts SNAP/EBT payments, and enrollees can actually double the value of Pandemic EBT or other SNAP benefits when shopping at CT Fresh participating farmers markets Match. Registrants can also shop online at participating retailers including Acme, Aldi and Price Chopper/Market 32 ​​via Instacart, Amazon, BJ’s Wholesale Clubs, Big Y, Food Bazaar, Geissler’s Supermarkets, PriceRite, Sam’s Club Scan & Go, ShopRite, Stop and Shop Target, Walmart and Whole Foods.

More help is likely on the way; an additional distribution for approximately 54,000 children in the SNAP household under the age of six who are not also enrolled in school is expected to arrive in early December.

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