The Connecticut Department of Social Services announced last week that on Sept. 16, the over 200,00 families receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps) benefits would be getting emergency funds. The department delivered $33.9 million in emergency SNAP funds. The emergency funding was authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and added a minimum of $95 in extra food aid to all families and individuals currently enrolled in the program. This new emergency allotment raises the total amount of emergency funding by the state of Connecticut to $855 million since the start of the pandemic, with this being the 29th month the emergency funds have been allotted. Aug. 18 was the last date SNAP households received emergency funds. Families that were receiving the maximum monthly benefits were allotted an extra $95 in food assistance. SNAP-eligible households that do not typically qualify for maximum benefits were ensured a minimum of $95, with the actual amount potentially being more. DSS estimated an average of $156 in food assistance funds given to those families. The funds were deposited directly onto SNAP recipients' EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards.\u00a0 SNAP households should have also received their normal benefits on one of the first three days of the month as they typically do, with the emergency funds being an exception and deposited to reciepients on Sept. 16. The DSS reminds food assistance recipients that SNAP funds on EBT cards can only be used at authorized SNAP\/EBT retailers. These retailers can be eligible grocery stores, online groceries and farmers markets, and the full list broken down by city can be accessed here. In addition, recent reports of "skimming" and "phishing" scams targeting EBT cardholders have also been a subject of concern, and CT DSS issued a recommendation to change EBT pins periodically. For those look to find out if they are eligible for SNAP benefits or looking to enroll, CT DSS has eligibility criteria based on income and household size listed on their website. The application is also listed on the site.