In the state of Connecticut, SNAP is administered by the Department of Social Services. The program helps low-income families and individuals with food assistance benefits to purchase nutritious foods at grocery stores and local markets. As of November 2013, nearly a quarter-million Connecticut households saw a reduction of $17 in monthly benefits, though the amount can vary.
In order to receive SNAP benefits, you must go through the application process. To get started, you can download, print and fill out the W1E General Application. There are detailed instructions on the application that must be followed. You can mail, fax or drop the form off in person at a local DSS Regional Office. Once the form is submitted, you will be assigned an eligibility worker who will interview you. If you are unable to attend an interview in person or you don’t have someone who can attend on your behalf, a DSS worker may be able to conduct the interview by mail and phone.
Once you are accepted, you will be issued an EBT Quest card. This is a special account in which your food stamp benefits and/or cash assistance benefits are distributed. Like any debit card, you swipe the EBT card at a register and enter your unique PIN. You will receive your benefits on the same day every month. If the first letter of your last name is A-F, you will receive your benefits on the first of every month. Letters G-N are on the second and O-Z on the third.
1. How do I check my EBT account balance?
To check your EBT account balance, you can check your last receipt or call 1-888-328-2666. You can also call this number if you lose your card or if it is stolen.
2. Are there items I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?
Yes. You cannot buy beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, vitamins and medicines, hot foods or household items with SNAP benefits.
3. Where can I find information on income limits?
To find up-to-date information on income limits as they relate to SNAP benefit eligibility, click here.
4. Where can I find places that accept EBT cards?
Beyond most grocery stores, there is a list of farmers’ markets that accept EBT benefits in the state of Connecticut. To see which stores participate, click here.
5. Will my benefits be replaced if someone steals my PIN and/or EBT card?
No. Your benefits will not be replaced. For this reason, it is important to keep your PIN secret and never let anyone know your code. If your card is lost or stolen, you should contact Customer Service right away to stop your card.
Contact: Connecticut Food Stamp Website.