SNAP OUTREACH APPOINTMENTS: Connecticut Foodshare can help you apply for SNAP benefits. Call the SNAP Outreach Team at 860-856-HELP (4357) to set up a time to complete an application over the phone in about 30 minutes.

About SNAP

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, uses an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, much like a debit card, to help eligible low-income people stretch their food budgets and buy the healthy foods they need at their local authorized store or online at select stores. The SNAP Outreach program at Connecticut Food Bank/Foodshare provides assistance to help people apply for SNAP benefits.

The Connecticut Foodshare SNAP Outreach program addresses the difficulty of applying for SNAP benefits by having trained volunteers work with people one-on-one to complete and submit their online application. Our volunteer-based SNAP Outreach program is a convenient over-the-phone service to help you apply in about 30 minutes.

By making the process easier, more people in our community are getting the food they need. We have helped over 6,000 households apply for SNAP benefits since our program started in 2008, generating an estimated four million meals. When describing the process of working with the Connecticut Foodshare SNAP Outreach Team, one client told the volunteer: “You guys are really fast. I really appreciate all the help.”

This volunteer-driven SNAP Outreach Program, and the Third Age Initiative’s Hunger Task Force team that started it, were awarded the 2019 Polaris Connection Award from Leadership Greater Hartford.

If you choose to apply on your own, you can go to the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) portal at to complete an online application or contact the DSS Benefits Center at 855-626-6632 for details on how to get a paper application.

Connecticut Foodshare does not discriminate or permit discrimination against any person or group of persons on the grounds of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity or expression, mental disability, intellectual disability, learning disability or physical disability, including, but not limited to, blindness.

2-1-1 Infoline

211 is Connecticut’s free information and referral service. Simply by dialing 211, a toll-free number throughout Connecticut, callers can reach knowledgeable, multilingual staff and get information, referrals or seek help in a crisis. 211 operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. TDD access is available. Visit for more information.

Summer Feeding Programs for Children

There are free summer meal locations throughout the state. Visit to find one near you.