NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– More than a hundred thousand families who get SNAP benefits in the state are about to see a boost in those benefits. The extra money will come in just two days on Nov. 19.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP helps many families put food on their tables and now 110,000 households in Connecticut could be getting more money this month. The Department is providing $16 million in Emergency SNAP benefits.
“What the additional funding is going to allow is for all households to be brought up to the maximum benefit per household,” said Lee Carenza, with the TVCCA, Thames Valley Council for Community Action.
For a one person household that maximum benefit is $204 a month, for a four person household it’s $680, and for eight people it’s $1,224.
“They’re anticipating the average increase to be around $157 per household,” said Carenza.
More than half the households eligible for SNAP will see this increase on their EBT cards November 19. They are the ones which because of income or resources didn’t get the maximum benefit before but now they will.
“The state is going to bring everyone up to the maximum benefit to get us through this difficult time period that we have ahead,” said Carenza.
He says this emergency benefit may not be just for the month of November. But the eligible households could receive it going forward throughout the pandemic.
Carenza also says anyone struggling at all right now should apply to see if they are eligible for any benefits.
“Any assets that somebody can receive allows them to appropriate their limited income towards other needs,” said Carenza. “Whether it’s making their rental payments or paying for their heat.”
He has already seen a 20 percent uptick in people seeking SNAP benefits and expects to see more as the weather gets colder.