How To Apply For Food Stamps In Connecticut

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program that offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. The program is run by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). If you live in this state and need to apply for a Connecticut The Connect Card, then the information below shows you how to apply for food stamps in Connecticut. If you have additional questions or concerns about the Connecticut SNAP program or the EBT application process, please contact the Connecticut Department of Social Services for assistance.

You can apply for Connecticut SNAP 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.

Households and individuals who wish to apply for SNAP (food stamps) can download this application: Eligibility Determination Document (W-1E) with Instructions. For the spanish version, click here. To apply online, please visit, under 'Apply for Benefits.'

You may also use the DSS ConneCT pre-screening tool which also pre-screens for cash and medical benefits. 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. 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. They call that person your authorized representative, and issue a separate EBT card to that person.

Connecticut Food Stamps Income Limits
To receive SNAP benefits in Connecticut, household income and other resources have to be under certain limits and are reviewed. For some households, there is also an asset limit. The income standards for SNAP are based the federal poverty levels (FPL). All income standards listed in the following table below are monthly figures. There are gross and net income limits. The gross income limit is equal to 185% of the current Federal Poverty Level and is the amount of income the household has before taxes and deductions. The gross income limit applies to most households. The gross income limit does not apply to households in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income. However, all households are subject to a monthly net income limit. The net income limit is equal to the current Federal Poverty Level and is the amount left over after certain deductions are allowed. These deductions are established by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Details can be found on their website at

Household Size Gross Income Limits Net Income Limits
1 $1,815 $981
2 $2,456 $1,328
3 $3,098 $1,675
4 $3,739 $2,021

Asset Limits
There is no asset limit except for households whose gross income is more than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level. For those households, total assets including cash, savings accounts, stocks and bonds cannot be more than $3250. They do not include the home the client lives in as an asset, nor do they put a lien on the home. They also do not count vehicles or retirement accounts, such as IRAs. Again, these asset limits only apply to households whose gross income is more than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level.

A "household" is all the people who live together and buy and prepare food together. Once a household meets the eligibility requirements, they calculate the amount of the household's SNAP benefit based on the household's income and certain allowable deductions for shelter, dependent care expenses, medical costs and child support payments to others outside the household. Shelter costs are rent and mortgage payments, heating or cooling not included in rent, and utility and monthly telephone services charges.

Connecticut SNAP Benefit Amounts
As of October 1, 2015, the maximum SNAP benefit amounts are listed in the table below. The maximum benefit amounts are effective indefinitely.

Household Size Maximum SNAP Benefit
1 $194 monthly
2 $357 monthly
3 $511 monthly
4 $649 monthly
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