See below for information on how to accept or receive food benefit programs, where to direct clients for assistance pursuing benefits, and other opportunities to positively impact food security and access here in Connecticut.
Please visit the USDA FNS website for step-by-step instructions on how to register your Farm Stand or Farmers Market to accept SNAP benefits. https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/apply-to-accept
Learn more about the WIC program .
FMNP serves participants of Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) and seniors over the age of 60 and meet income eligibility guidelines by providing checks to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and honey at authorized locations throughout Connecticut.
Founded in 2001, End Hunger Connecticut! is the only statewide anti-hunger nonprofit in Connecticut and is dedicated to eliminating hunger and promoting healthy nutrition through outreach, public education, and legislative and administrative advocacy. By partnering with state and local officials, schools, and community-based organizations, EHC! enhances the visibility and coordination of federal food assistance programs crucial to any effort to improve food security while increasing both family well-being and the amount of federal funding available to the state. EHC! also engages in strategic outreach, capacity building, and provides technical assistance on food and nutrition programs.
Want to accept electronic payments including SNAP, credit & debit at your farm or farmers market?
MarketLink is a program of the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (NAFMNP) that assists farmers and markets with accepting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) and electronic payments.
Founded in 2013 in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, MarketLink has helped more than 3,000 farmers and markets accept electronic payments - including more than $41m in SNAP sales and $52m in credit/debit sales for a total impact of more than $93m. In 2019, USDA awarded NAFMNP a Cooperative Agreement to implement the 'free equipment program', providing grant funding for equipment to direct marketing farmers and farmers markets.
Do you need help applying for SNAP and other programs? End Hunger CT! can help.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS). SNAP offers nutrition assistance to eligible individuals and families and allows recipients to purchase healthy, nutritious food at participating entities. SNAP benefits are deposited monthly to an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) account. Account holders are given a plastic EBT card that can be swiped like a regular credit/debit card.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as the WIC Program, provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding promotion and support to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
Towns with School Meal Service Sites Open to All Connecticut Students Updated: December 11, 2020
Any child age 18 years or younger can receive meals at no cost to families from any meal service and distribution sites in the towns/cities listed below. Children do not have to be a resident or attend school in these towns. Households should visit websites and social media pages of the school districts and municipalities below on a daily basis for the most current information. Locations and times for meal service and distribution vary with each location, and are subject to change as programs continue to adapt to demand and changing logistics.
Other towns not listed below are serving school meals only for their students. Check those towns’ websites for additional information.
Fun and informative 3 ½-minute video about how you can purchase fresh and tasty food at farmers’ markets, using SNAP benefits on your EBT card (sometimes getting double value!). Produced by the Fruit & Vegetable Working Group of the City of Hartford Advisory Commission, with the Hispanic Health Council, Foodshare, UConn Health Center, Yale School of Public Health, Billings Forge Community Works, Community Solutions, Eastern Connecticut State University Department of Communication & Media Arts, U.S. Department of Agriculture/Food & Nutrition Service, and Connecticut Department of Social Services.
Divertido e informativo video de 3 minutos y medio sobre cómo puedes comprar alimentos frescos y sabrosos en los mercados de agricultores, usando los beneficios de SNAP en tu tarjeta EBT (¡a veces obteniendo doble valor!). Producido por el Grupo de Trabajo de Frutas y Hortalizas de la Comisión Asesora de la Ciudad de Hartford, con el Consejo de Salud Hispano, Foodshare, UConn Health Center, Yale School of Public Health, Billings Forge Community Works, Community Solutions, Eastern Connecticut State University Department of Communication & Media Arts, U.S. Department of Agriculture/Food & Nutrition Service y Connecticut Department of Social Services.
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