Did your SNAP household experience food loss due to the recent storm? You may qualify for replacement benefits.
ALL CT SNAP households will automatically receive 20% of their August benefit due to the storm outages.
If you lost more than 20% of your food, you can apply for individual benefits instead. There are two forms that you will need to fill out to complete your request and demonstrate proof of more than 20% food loss. Connecticut recently received a federal waiver that extended the application deadline to September 3rd. If you are a SNAP recipient who lost power in the storm and your food has spoiled, you can request replacement benefits. You must act before September 3rd.
Either call the DSS Benefit Center at 1(855) 626-6632 or fill out the request forms and mail them in.
Get more information at EndHungerCT.org.
Here are the forms:
English: W-1225 form | W-1226 form
Spanish: W-1225 form | W-1226 form
Getting Pandemic EBT does not put you on SNAP. If you think you might qualify also for SNAP, which is an ongoing monthly program, go to the legal aid article, Do you need help paying for food?
for information on how to apply. Learn more: Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT): Extra Food Assistance for Families
People who get SNAP will be able to use their EBT card to buy eligible food items online for delivery or curbside pickup. Retailers approved for the initial launch of online SNAP purchasing are Amazon (including Amazon Pantry and Amazon Fresh), 12 Walmart stores, and 22 ShopRite stores. Online contact points for the stores are www.amazon.com/snapebt; www.walmart.com/grocery; and www.shoprite.com/Store-Locator.
Only SNAP benefits on EBT cards can be used for online purchases. At this time, cash assistance benefits on EBT cards cannot be used for any part of online shopping, including shopping, delivery, or service fees. Federal rules do not allow any SNAP benefits to be used for shopping, delivery, or service fees, but some food retailers may choose to waive fees (as Amazon does for orders over $35). Online shopping customers using SNAP benefits will be able to use other debit or credit cards to pay for any fees or non-SNAP-eligible items they wish to purchase.