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“These strategic investments in agriculture are in great need for farmers to continue operating and providing safe, affordable, and healthy foods to residents,” said the executive director of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association.
“This 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 Agriculture’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 Connecticut’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 – 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.