Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Child Recipients

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as the Food Stamp Program, provides a wide range of low-income households, including those with children, people with disabilities, and elderly people, with electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards that can be used to purchase food each month. The cost of SNAP is covered by U.S. Department of Agriculture funding, and eligibility in Connecticut is limited to families whose net income is at or below the federal poverty level. Families with at least one person over 60 or receiving disability income are exempt from the gross income limit, which is set at 185 of the federal poverty level for pre-tax, pre-deduction income. Households whose gross income is more than 185 of the federal poverty level, total assets including cash, savings accounts, stocks and bonds cannot exceed $3,500.[i]



[i] Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP. (2017, October 1). Retrieved January 09, 2018, from http://portal.ct.gov/DSS/SNAP/Supplemental-Nutrition-Assistance-Program---SNAP/Eligibility

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Definitions: The annual unduplicated number of children under age 18 participating in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program.

Data Source: Connecticut Department of Social Services, Bureau of Assistance Programs, unpublished data, SFY 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2015.