Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)

Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)

The following information is an extract from  Governor Lamont’s press release 11/13/20 – Link HERE. The translation has been done by GNHCC in order to reach hispanic community that may be eligible to these benefits.

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Connecticut individuals and families eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue receiving additional benefits through November, state officials said last week. The additional benefits impact the approximately 110,000 households who would not otherwise qualify for the maximum benefits allowed for their household size.

Those already enrolled in SNAP will see the additional benefits loaded onto their EBT cards on November 19, as a separate payment from the normal SNAP benefits they received earlier in the month. Those eligible but not enrolled may apply by the end of the month to receive both normal and additional benefits. Most households are eligible if they meet the income limits below.

CT SNAP benefits

To confirm your eligibility for SNAP based on income, follow this link: https://connect.ct.gov/access/jsp/access/Home.jsp

Emergency benefits allowed the household’s SNAP benefit to increase to the maximum allotment for a household of that size as follows:

CT SNAP benefits

For each additional person, add $153. For example, if a household of two normally received $274 of SNAP benefits in November, $100 would bring this household up to the maximum benefit for its size. This household will receive a $100 emergency benefit on November 19.

For additional information about SNAP, visit www.ct.gov/snap.

Los individuos y familias de Connecticut que son elegibles para el Programa de Asistencia de Nutrición Suplementaria (SNAP) continuarán recibiendo beneficios adicionales hasta noviembre, dijeron funcionarios estatales la semana pasada. Los beneficios adicionales afectan a los aproximadamente 110.000 hogares que de otra manera no calificarían para los beneficios máximos permitidos para el tamaño de su hogar.

Los que ya están inscritos en el SNAP verán los beneficios adicionales cargados en sus tarjetas EBT el 19 de noviembre, como un pago separado de los beneficios normales del SNAP que recibieron a principios de mes. Los que reúnan los requisitos pero no estén inscritos podrán solicitar antes de fin de mes que se les asignen tanto los beneficios normales como los adicionales. La mayoría de los hogares son elegibles si cumplen con los límites de ingresos que se indican a continuación.

Beneficios SNAP en CT

Para confirmar su elegibilidad para el programa de cupones para alimentos en base a sus ingresos, siga este enlace: https://connect.ct.gov/access/jsp/access/Home.jsp

Las prestaciones de emergencia permitieron que la ayuda económica de SNAP por hogar/familia llegue a hogares con más miembros, de la siguiente manera:

Beneficios SNAP en CT

Por cada persona adicional, añada 153 dólares. Por ejemplo, si un hogar de dos personas normalmente recibe 274 dólares de beneficios de SNAP en noviembre, 100 dólares llevarían a este hogar al beneficio máximo por su tamaño. Este hogar recibirá un beneficio de emergencia de $100 el 19 de noviembre.

Para obtener información adicional sobre el SNAP, visite www.ct.gov/snap.

Winter Outdoor Dining for Tents

Winter Outdoor Dining for Tents

The City of Norwalk has released the process and regulations regarding tent permits for outdoor dining in the winter months. All permits will be expedited and processed virtually via one-on-one Zoom meetings with relative departments needed for approval. This will be a one-time meeting to help expedite approvals scheduled at your convenience.

The updated guidance document can be found here and also is on the City’s COVID-19 Business Resources Page.

You will need four components to be submitted for your permit:

  • a Tent Proposal Plan,
  • an Evacuation Plan (as needed),
  • an ADA Accessibility Site Plan (can be hand-drawn), and
  • a Seating Plan (can be hand-drawn).

Information on what should be included in these plans is within the guidance document. All permits will be active for 365 days. The Mayor has authorized that tents will be allowed until March 2022. Once your permit expires you will have to resubmit your documentation for additional approval.

For more information contact Sabrina Church (Director of Business Development & Tourism)
at City Of Norwalk: 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06856
Cell: (203) 939-2202

La ciudad de Norwalk ha dado a conocer el proceso y las normas relativas a los permisos de las carpas para comer al aire libre en los meses de invierno. Todos los permisos serán expedidos y procesados virtualmente a través de reuniones individuales de Zoom con los departamentos correspondientes necesarios para su aprobación. Esta será una reunión única para ayudar a agilizar las aprobaciones programadas a su conveniencia.

El documento de orientación actualizado se puede encontrar aquí y también está en la página de recursos de negocios de la ciudad COVID-19.

Necesitará cuatro componentes para ser presentado para su permiso:

  • un Plano de Propuesta de Carpa,
  • un Plano de Evacuación (según sea necesario),
  • un Plano de Sitio de Accesibilidad de la ADA (puede ser dibujado a mano), y
  • un Plano de Asientos (puede ser dibujado a mano).

En el documento de orientación se incluye información sobre lo que debería incluirse en estos planes. Todos los permisos estarán activos durante 365 días. El alcalde ha autorizado que las tiendas de campaña sean permitidas hasta marzo de 2022. Una vez que su permiso expire tendrá que volver a presentar su documentación para una aprobación adicional.

Para más información contacte a  Sabrina Church (Director of Business Development & Tourism)
en City Of Norwalk: 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06856
Cell: (203) 939-2202

COVID-19 Guidelines Updates for Restaurants

COVID-19 Guidelines Updates for Restaurants

Reopen Connecticut Safer, Stronger, Together

Restaurants in Connecticut are subjected to the Phase 2 reopening rules (started on June 17th). Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has released an update on 9/23 (downloadable HERE). This applies for outdoor & indoor restaurants (no bar areas).

General Considerations from the CDC

CDC offers the following considerations for ways in which operators can protect employees, customers, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.

NOTE: CDC’s considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which businesses must comply.

Guiding Principles to Keep in Mind

The more an individual interacts with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. The risk of COVID-19 spread increases in a restaurant or bar setting as follows:

  • Lowest Risk: Food service limited to drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick up.
  • More Risk: Drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick up emphasized. On-site dining limited to outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Even More Risk: On-site dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Highest Risk: On-site dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Seating capacity not reduced and tables not spaced at least 6 feet apart.

Learn More about CDC’s Considerations HERE
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Sources for this artice:
Sector Rules and Certification for Reopen – CT.gov
Considerations for Restaurants and Bars – CDC.gov

Capri’s Cuisine Open Under Safe Conditions

Capri’s Cuisine Open Under Safe Conditions

From the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Capri’s Cuisine has followed the best practices for food pickup/delivery services, and was an early adopter of the takeout only model, enabling them to continue providing the Norwalk community with nonessential (but highly desirable) pastries and coffee.

We will continue to serve in a clean, safe, and sanitary manner as always, to ensure the healthy and safety of our customers and staff.

—Sandra Salazar, Owner

Capri’s boasts 56 flavors of empanadas! These are listed on a photo of the menu in the gallery below. In addition, they have a variety of sweet biscuits, including a weekly Saturday “special” biscuit. These have been especially popular, selling out two weeks in a row!

To guarantee your order, place it in advance. There are many ways you can place an order, including:

  • In Store (limited capacity)
  • Call for pick up
  • Call for curbside pickup
  • Uber for delivery
  • Grubhub for pickup or delivery

Get their contact info at the GNHCC Business Directory HERE.

If you don’t have an appetite for pastries right now, you may also support Capri’s by purchasing a locally made face mask ($5) or a gift card (any amount).

Romanacci Provides Free Meals to Essential Workers

Romanacci Provides Free Meals to Essential Workers

Romanacci Pizza Bar is collecting $5 donations for each person on the “Front Lines” that you would like to send a pizza and bottled water to. Either add it onto your online order at checkout or call in (to any of their locations) and order/donate via credit card over the phone. Once they receive $25+, they contact Food For the Front Lines, which coordinates a delivery to an essential workplace,  such as a hospital, police station or fire departments. Some recipients of Romanacci pizza thus far include Westport EMS, Westport Police Department, and Norwalk Hospital.

“We pay to have meals delivered to the first responders and the hospital workers, so the chefs are getting dollars for every delivery. We’re not asking [restaurants] for discounts or donations. We want to pay these chefs and restaurant owners, so they can support themselves and their staff.”

– Stephanie Webster, CT Bites

Food for the Front Lines was founded by Nicole Straight, former Food Rescue US – Fairfield County Site Director, and mother of Westport EMT Emma Straight. Their mission is to feed health care and other essential workers, while simultaneously bolstering business for restaurants. In the first week, they raised $15K and delivered over 750 meals. Then, in partnership with CT Bites, a Go Fund Me was created. As of April 4, the campaign contained over $45K, from over 450 donors. If you would like to make a donation, click the button below.

Member Restaurants Boost Takeout and Delivery Amid Coronavirus Closures

Member Restaurants Boost Takeout and Delivery Amid Coronavirus Closures

Statewide, dining in is prohibited until further notice, per executive order by Governor Lamont, in an effort to curb COVID-19. Takeout and delivery are still permitted, however, which provides some opportunity for restaurants to recoup their losses.  Some are going for it, others are not, and still others are offering specials, promotions, and discounts to attract customers.

Regardless, all restaurants are overstaffed for the reduced demand, and workers are braced for drastic cuts to their hours and layoffs. These are family-owned, minority-owned, women-owned businesses that need your support during this time of economic uncertainty. If you have the means and feel safe to do so, please order food or purchase a gift card where possible. 

Below is a list of GNHCC member restaurants and a description of how they are adapting their business to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Because the situation is very fluid and changes are happening daily, this list is updated to the best of our knowledge, but if you are unsure, please call ahead.

Haruki Ramen & Izakaya

Haruki is offering a limited menu for takeout and delivery, from 11am-11pm daily.

Specials

  • Free delivery of UberEats orders and within 2 miles. 
  • 10% off all bottles of sake.
  • Weekly food specials (announced on their social media)

Order online for delivery through UberEats. For takeout, call 203-838-4500. Takeout is also free.

Traditional Japanese Kani Salad with cucumber, tobiko, and house spicy mayo.

Capri’s Cuisine

Order online for takeout and delivery through Yelp and Grubhub. Takeout is free. Delivery fee starts from $0.99. Taxes, service, and other fees also apply. There’s no minimum order, but $2 fee for small orders.

Capri’s top flavors of empanada include Beef Uruguay, Taco Beef, and Steak Argentina. 

iL Posto

il Posto is closed for all services, with an anticipated reopening in Summer 2020. Gift cards are available now.

Shrimp and oysters dressed with red pepper, avocado, and mixed greens.

Tablao Wine Bar

Tablao is offering a full menu for takeout and delivery, from 3-8pm daily.

Specials

  • 1/2 off bottles of wine
  • 1/2 off beers and cocktails
  • $15 sangria and margarita “pitchers”

Order online for delivery through UberEats or Grubhub. Delivery fees start from $0.99. Taxes, service, and other fees also apply. There’s no minimum order, but a $2 fee for small orders. For takeout, call 203-939-9602. Takeout is free.

Delicious tapas, paella, and sangria.

SoNo 1420 American Craft Distillers

SoNo 1420 is in the unique position of providing assistance to the community in this time of shortage of hand sanitizer. With a final concentration of 80% ethanol, the base used to make their gins and vodkas are more than 99.99% effective in killing illness causing microbes. They are bottling it, in combination with other ingredients recommended by the WHO, and making bottles available for FREE.

Pickup hand sanitizer (and booze!) at 19 Day Street, Norwalk, CT, between 3-5pm. Check their Instagram for the latest availability and pickup times. If you do not feel comfortable visiting the distillery, you can find SoNo 1420 products at these local grocery stores.

Beet and quinoa salad, plus hemp leaf garnish.

Osteria Romana

Romanacci is offering FREE take-out and delivery. 

Specials

  • Dinner for two (10% OFF) includes 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts
  • Dinner for four (15% OFF) includes 4 appetizers, 4 entrees, 4 desserts
  • Dinner for six (20% OFF) includes 6 appetizers, 6 entrees, 6 desserts
  • All bottles of corked wine are half price.
  • Spend $50, get a $10 gift card.
  • Spend $100, get a FREE corked bottle of wine.

Order online for takeout through ChowNow. For delivery, call 203-229-0844 (Norwalk), 203-261-1600 (Monroe).

Soft, pillowy gnocchi tossed with fresh cherries tomatoes and arugula.

Romanacci Pizza Bar

Romanacci is offering FREE take-out and delivery.

Specials

  • Meal for two (10% OFF) includes 1 app or dessert + 2 personal pizzas
  • Meal for three (15% OFF) includes 2 app or dessert + 3 personal pizzas
  • Meal for four (20% OFF) includes 3 app or dessert + 4 personal pizzas
  • All bottles of corked wine are half price.
  • Spend $100, get one FREE corked bottle of wine.

Order online for takeout through ChowNow. For delivery, call 203-956-7103 (Norwalk), 203-571-3301 (Westport).

Thin crust pizza with prosciutto, arugula, and goat cheese.

La Calle Arepas Bar

La Calle is offering takeout and delivery Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-8:30pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am-9:30pm; and Sunday, 10am-7:30pm.

Specials

  • Free delivery when you order through their website and within 3 miles.
  • 10% off your first order when you subscribe to their email list.
  • Arroz Con Pollo (Venezuelan Chicken Rice) Combos: 1 full size + tostones + 1 mini appetizer + 1 soda for $16; 2 full size + tostones + 1 mini appetizers + 2 sodas for $28; 4 full size + tostones + 2 mini appetizers + 2 liter soda for $60.
  • Arepas Combos: 1- 4 arepas + 2 liter soda for $20; 2- 6 arepas + 2 liter soda for $28; 8 arepas + 2 liter soda for $35.

Order online for takeout and delivery through their website or call 203-612-4948.

Chicken or shrimps pasta with Alfredo sauce, bell peppers, bacon, sweet corn, and Parmesan cheese.

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