January 25, 2018

USDA awards CT $1.6M SNAP bonus

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Flickr Creative Commons | XoMEoX

Connecticut's proficiency delivering food aid to the state's neediest has earned it a $1.6 million federal bonus, authorities say.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the performance bonus to the state for being among the top states for enrolling eligible households in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Federal officials recognized Connecticut as a state with the "highest program access index" for 2016, signifying the number of SNAP participants enrolled from the estimated eligible population, Malloy said in a statement. The state's access benchmark was 95.58 percent.

Under federal rules, Malloy said, the state's performance bonus of $1,624,582 will be reinvested in technology, improvements in administration and distribution, fraud prevention, or other eligible activities.

"The Department of Social Services and its partners have done a great job in bringing food assistance to eligible residents through the federally-funded SNAP program," he said. "The award of federal performance bonus dollars in recognition of this success will be reinvested to make the program even stronger."

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