The multi-lingual Resource Access Team at Community FoodBank of New Jersey is dedicated to ensuring that people in New Jersey get the assistance they need on a state and federal level. We offer free on-site pre-screenings to see if you qualify for SNAP (distributed via EBT, formerly food stamps), cash assistance, and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). We will also talk to you about free school lunches and other assistance available to you. If you’re from one of our network partners, our team is here to help you learn more about how you can assist your clients directly. Head to our Find Food page if you are looking for a local food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.
Our team visits food pantries, senior centers, healthcare facilities, schools, and other community sites to provide education and information about benefits, eligibility requirements, and application procedures.
SNAP is the first line of defense against hunger, reducing poverty and malnutrition by improving community health and family financial security.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) serves as a front-line defense against hunger, providing critical support to help families make ends meet. Research shows that participating in SNAP, the largest nutrition assistance program administered by the USDA, plays a critical role in alleviating food insecurity and improving dietary intake and health.
Our bilingual Resource Access team visits food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, churches and other community sites serving low-income families to offer free pre-screening for SNAP eligibility. We help those who are likely eligible for benefits complete the online SNAP application and provide guidance to prepare them for eligibility interviews. We also provide help applying for energy assistance and other benefits.
The following items are necessary to facilitate the application process:
- Identification (for everyone in the household).
- Social Security numbers (for everyone in the household).
- Utility bills (gas, electric, oil, water and telephone).
- Rent receipt/agreement, mortgage statement and/or tax bill.
- Proof of income (for everyone in the household).
- Medical expenses (if 60 or older and/or disabled).
- Children’s daycare expenses.
Clients must have at least five years of residency in the United States to qualify for SNAP. If undocumented and with children who are American citizens, clients can apply for benefits on their behalf.
This program is possible due to support from Albertsons and the Division of Family Development.
Virtual SNAP & SNAP-Ed Trainings
CFBNJ has begun to offer virtual SNAP and SNAP-Ed trainings for our Network Partners. Please SIGN UP HERE to learn more about how you can connect your clients to SNAP benefits and virtual nutrition education sessions.
About LIHEAP - Low-Income Energy Assistance Program
About LIHEAP – Low Energy Income Assistance Program
Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program designed to help low-income families and individuals meet home and heating and medically necessary cooling costs. The next LIHEAP period begins in October of 2021.
We can help if you’re looking for assistance with your energy bills! Call CFBNJ now and our Resource Access Team will help you apply for this program.
This program is possible due to support from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)
Pandemic EBT — P-EBT for short — provides additional food dollars on an EBT card to NJ families struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will be available through September 2021 to students enrolled in the free or reduced school lunch program to help with nutritional support during school closures due to COVID-19. The state is working on a plan to distribute the funds in the coming months. No application is necessary to receive this benefit.
More info about Pandemic EBT:
Apply for SNAP
If you would like to be screened for benefits in Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Union counties please call 1-908-838-4831. We are open Monday through Friday from 8AM – 5PM.
Read our step-by-step walkthrough of how to apply for SNAP.
For additional information or to apply for SNAP online, please go to www.njsnap.gov.