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Resource Access

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 the Food Research and Action Center and the Walmart Foundation.

    To 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.

    For additional information or to apply directly online, please go to

    Families can now apply for child care tuition assistance to help with care for children who have remote learning schedules due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. This applies to families of school-age children in remote learning who have household incomes up to $150k and are facing these unexpected child care costs. All that is needed is a short application, proof of income, and the school’s remote learning schedule announcement. Click here for details, amounts, and application.

    CFBNJ has begun to offer virtual SNAP and SNAP-Ed trainings for our Agency Network. Please SIGN UP HERE to learn more about how you can connect your clients to SNAP benefits and virtual nutrition education sessions.

    As part of the government’s COVID-19 response efforts, financial help is available to most Americans – up to $1,200 for individuals, $2,400 for married couples, and more for families with children. But if you didn’t file federal taxes in 2018 or 2019, you need to sign up to receive your stimulus check.

    Sign up to receive your Economic Impact Payment, or “stimulus check,” online at the IRS website by November 30 to get your payment this year.

    Just 5 pieces of information are needed: your full name, mailing address, email address, date of birth, and Social Security number.

    If you aren’t sure how to complete the form, don’t have a computer, or have questions about how to get your payment without a bank account or permanent address, help is available from your local United Way, or by calling 211.

    On July 8, 2020, the State of New Jersey began issuing Pandemic EBT. Pandemic EBT provides additional food dollars on an EBT card to NJ families struggling to make ends meet during the Coronavirus pandemic. Under the pandemic EBT plan, all New Jersey students enrolled in the free or reduced school lunch program as of March 18, 2020, are eligible to receive $416.10 on an EBT card to help with nutritional support during school closures due to the pandemic. No application is necessary to receive this benefit. Click here to learn more.