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 SNAP Outreach 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.
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 day care 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 Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Union counties please call 1-800-609-3663.
If you would like to be screened for benefits in Atlantic Cape May, and Cumberland counties, please contact Maria Waldman at 609-415-8513.
For additional information or to apply directly online, please go to www.njsnap.gov.
SNAP COVID-19 Updates
SNAP Recertification Extension
If your case is due to be recertified in March, April or May and you are unable to get your paperwork in or complete your interview, your case will not be closed. You will receive your benefits on the usual day. Your case has been granted a six-month extension from the date your recertification is due. More information will follow on your new recertification date. In the meantime, you will continue to receive SNAP benefits.
SNAP Work Activities
During the current public health crisis, your case will not be closed if you are unable to participate in a work activity.
Extra SNAP Benefit
On Sunday, March 29, eligible SNAP recipients will receive an extra SNAP benefit. The amount you receive will be the difference between your regular SNAP benefit and the maximum benefit for your family size. If you already receive the maximum benefit, you will not be eligible for this extra payment. You will be able to spend this benefit beyond March.
For example, for a family of one, the maximum benefit is $194 per month. If your regular benefit for March was $16 this month, your extra benefit coming this weekend would be $178. This extra benefit will be added directly to your Families First EBT card.
|People in Household||Maximum Monthly Allotment|
|Each additional person||+$146|
Remember, this is an extra SNAP benefit being made available to help you buy food in this public health crisis. You will receive your April SNAP benefits at your regular time, which also will be at the maximum level.
If you want to check your balance before you go to the grocery store, please visit www.NJFamiliesFirst.com where you can view your current card balance and transaction history, or at some ATMs. You also can call customer service at 1-800-997-3333, however, they may be experiencing higher call volumes, so please be patient. Please do not check your balance at the grocery store where cashiers may be very busy.
Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) Updates
WFNJ Recertification Extension
If your case is due in March or April to be recertified, the deadline has been extended 60 days. More information will follow on your new recertification date. In the meantime, you will continue to receive WFNJ benefits.
WFNJ Work Activities
During the current public health crisis, your case will not be closed if you are unable to participate in a work activity. This includes if you are a General Assistance (GA) client completing the 28-day work activity while your case is being reviewed.