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Gov. Malloy Announces Plan to Maintain Food Aid Under LIHEAP Program

Gov. Malloy Announces Plan to Maintain Food Aid Under LIHEAP Program

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that Connecticut will continue its policy of allocating additional assistance for low income residents so they can remain eligible for food assistance programs. The Governor's plan will dedicate $2.2 million to maintain current food-assistance benefits for approximately 100,000 households through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Under previous federal law, Connecticut only had to budget $100,000 a year under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) -- the equivalent of $1 per household -- for these recipients to be eligible for enhanced SNAP benefits. Now, the federal government requires that the minimum level of LIHEAP aid to each household be $20 for the family to maintain the additional benefits under SNAP.

For more information, please visit Governor Malloy's website: http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?a=4010&Q=550740

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