Millions of families in the United States will be relieved to learn that $1,504 in emergency money will be placed into their bank accounts today, but not everyone will get one because the funds are only available to those who qualify.
According to a press release from the Connecticut Department of Social Services, beginning January 16th, hundreds of state residents who get food stamps will have their EBT cards automatically topped up.
More than 41.5 million Americans rely on the government Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) each month to get the so-called “food stamps” they need to feed their families.
In addition to Connecticut’s $1,504 payout to low-income families, California, Virginia, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington are all planning to issue extra food stamps valued up to $157.
If you haven’t already signed up for the program, here are the Connecticut eligibility requirements.
The Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers food stamps to help people in need, especially in the event of a pandemic or other crisis that threatens the food supply of low-income families or individuals.
State-run programs differ in terms of eligibility, but in general persons with incomes, up to 130 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for help.
Residents of Connecticut must satisfy the following conditions to be eligible for this benefit program:
- You currently have less than $2,000 in your bank account (savings plus checking),
- You and one of the following people share a residence and have a combined bank balance of less than $3,000:
- Persons who are 60 years of age or older,
- A person who is unable to do something because of their condition (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself)
SNAP is the country’s largest food assistance program. People who are eligible for nutrition assistance can make educated decisions about qualifying for the program as well as accessing benefits thanks to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Federally, the program is known as SNAP.