How to Apply for SNAP Benefits (Formerly known as Food Stamps) in NJ

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) , formerly known as food stamps, is the largest federally funded nutrition program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP helps low-income households obtain nutritious food by giving monthly benefits to eligible households. SNAP plays a critical role in reducing hunger and poverty, improving family stability, health, and employment.

The Resource Access Team at The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is here to provide educational information, SNAP application assistance, and guidance through the steps to apply for SNAP benefits in New Jersey.


How do I apply for SNAP benefits (formerly known as Food Stamps) in New Jersey?


CFBNJ is here to help you get started!

1. Call CFBNJ for a benefit screening.

CFBNJ’s bilingual Resource Access team will see if you are eligible for SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps). We provide SNAP application help in the following NJ Counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Union. If you do not live in any of these counties, please click here.

2. Complete a SNAP application online with a CFBNJ team member

Apply for SNAP benefits online or with the help of a CFBNJ team member. If you need help with a SNAP application, CFBNJ’s Resource Access team can provide direct assistance to you in-person and technical help over the phone. You can also mail your application to your local County Board of Social Services.

Provide documents required for a SNAP application:

A SNAP application is not complete until required verification documents have been submitted. Every household member applying for benefits must show the following:

  • Valid ID (driver’s license, birth certificate, government ID)
  • Immigration status
  • Student Status
  • Social security number
  • Proof of housing (lease, rental agreement, utility bill)
  • Earned and unearned income (paystubs, tax records, employment or benefits award letter)
  • Resource statements (bank statements)

Supporting documents include:

  • Housing, phone, and/or utility costs (bills)
  • Medical expenses for anyone in your household 60+ or disabled
  • Child and adult care costs
  • Child support paid by a person in your household

These documents can be uploaded online from a computer, internet-enabled cell phone, or tablet as soon as you are finished with your application. You can upload documents up to 60 days after you submit your application by going to the SNAP application website and clicking Upload Documents.

Screenshot of New Jersey SNAP application portal
  1. Enter your application confirmation number and birthdate
  2. Enter your name and email address
  3. Click Add Document to begin uploading documents
  4. Select the type of document you are uploading from the drop-down list, click Choose File, and navigate to where you saved the photo, select the photo and click Submit. You can also send your verification documents to your County Board of Social Services via mail, fax, or email.

You will receive a letter from your County Board of Social Services informing you what documents you still need to submit. DO NOT send original documents. In most counties you can mail, fax, or drop off copies of your documents

Team members from CFBNJ can help you with document collection and submission.

4. SNAP Application Interview


To complete the application process, you may be required to complete a phone interview with your local County Board of Social Services. Do not screen your calls in case it is the County calling.


5. Receive your SNAP benefits within 30 days.


Clients may be eligible for benefits within 7 days, for high priority cases, such as

  • Income less than $150 per month and liquid resources less than $100
  • Housing costs higher than both monthly income and liquid resources
  • Migrant or seasonal farm workers with less than $10
  • Liquid resources: cash or those assets that may readily be converted to cash, such as a life insurance policy that has a cash value, stock certificates, or a guaranteed line of credit from a financial institution.


CFBNJ is committed to educating our greater community about available resources. Along with pre-screening for SNAP eligibility, we work closely with you to see if your household qualifies for any New Jersey child nutrition programs such as free school meals and after school meal programs. We are here to answer your questions and assist you directly.


In addition, CFBNJ partners with NJ SNAP-Ed to teach New Jersey residents how to make the most of the food available to them with SNAP benefits. This includes a live cooking show where NJ SNAP-Ed educators prepare healthy meals and bring viewers valuable tips on nutrition. Tune in on CFBNJ’s Facebook every third Wednesday of the month, or go to our YouTube channel to see our collection of NJ-SNAP Ed cooking videos!


If you need immediate food assistance, CFBNJ has over 800 community partners across the state of New Jersey. Find a food pantry near you today. If you think it’s time to submit a SNAP application, contact the CFBNJ Resource Access Team at 908-838-4831.

Need further assistance?

    Reach out to make a virtual appointment with our SNAP experts.

    You can also meet our team at any of our in-person SNAP application assistance events .