Bob Duff

Senate Majority Leader

Bob Duff

Standing Up For You!

June 27, 2024

Senators Looney, Duff, and Lesser Call for Explanation on Delay in Summer Food Aid

“Summer programs need to be active during the summer, not near the end of it”

Today, Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D-New Haven), Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk), and Senator Matt Lesser (D-Middletown) called for a more detailed explanation from the state Department of Social Services on the six week delay in the Summer EBT program. The Senators stated:

“Families expecting these benefits during the summer will be unable to access them until their children will already be preparing for the new school year. Delays and issues happen, but the lack of explanation surrounding this change does not answer our constituents’ questions. The last-minute announcement will have a detrimental effect for thousands of families and will increase food insecurity across our communities. Summer programs need to be active during the summer, not near the end of it – we hope the Department of Social Services can provide more information regarding this delay and find ways to help the families who may struggle in its absence.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kevin Coughlin | 203-710-0193 | kevin.coughlin@cga.ct.gov