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SNAP Outreach

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is one of the most powerful tools for addressing hunger in our community. This federal nutrition program, administered by the state, helps eligible low-income people stretch their food budgets and buy the groceries they need.

Some people who are eligible for SNAP do not apply because the process can be challenging. Foodshare addresses this issue by training volunteers who meet with people one-on-one to help them fill out and submit their application forms. Our volunteer-supported SNAP Outreach program is offered at community sites throughout Hartford and Tolland counties, including food pantries, town social service offices, and other human service organizations.

By making the process local and easy, more people in our community are getting the food they need. Last year, Foodshare helped 470 households apply for SNAP benefits providing hundreds of thousands of meals to local families.

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Think you may qualify for SNAP benefits? Let us help +

Get help applying for SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) by visiting one of the sites listed here. You may qualify, even if you:

  • own a home
  • are working full or part-time
  • have a car
  • are living with others

When you visit a SNAP Outreach site, we recommend that you bring the following documents:

  1. For Head of Household: photo ID (license, resident alien ID), social security number, and proof of home address.
  2. Proof of: income from all household jobs (one month of pay stubs), dependent care payments, income from non-government sources.

For a list of dates and locations, click here. If you have additional questions, please contact Foodshare’s SNAP Outreach team at 860-286-9999 ext. 104.

Take Action

Want to help your neighbors apply for SNAP? Become a SNAP Outreach Volunteer, or take the SNAP Challenge and learn what life is like for 1 in 8 people living in Connecticut.

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