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â€œThese strategic investments in agriculture are in great need for farmers to continue operating and providing safe, affordable, and healthy foods to residents,â€ said the executive director of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association. Â
â€œThis new funding will help small businesses keep their doors open," declared U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut).
With the additional $16.2 million allocation by the U.S. Department of Agricultureâ€™s Food and Nutrition Service, emergency benefits are totaling over $135.8 million in additional SNAP assistance statewide during April-October, with commensurate spending in the food economy.
In addition, the Connecticut Department of Social Services will provide over $16.5 million in Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Benefits to nearly half of Connecticutâ€™s SNAP participants on Sept. 17.
The state of Connecticut has now conducted over 200,000 COVID-19 tests, with nearly 40,000 positive results and over 3,600 deaths.
With roughly straight seven days of declining hospitalizations â€“ the federal government recommends 14 consecutive days before easing restrictions -- Gov. Ned Lamont said that announcements about reopening some businesses could be made within the next 7-10 days.