What is NJ SNAP?
Sometimes people feel they shouldn't need help putting food on the table, but sometimes making ends meet is a struggle. If you are not sure how or if you can pay for your next meal or next week's groceries, NJ SNAP can help.
NJ SNAP, formerly Food Stamps, is New Jersey's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that can help low-income families buy the groceries they need to eat healthy.
Do I qualify for NJ SNAP?
Eligibility depends on several factors like income, household size, resources, etc.
How Can I Apply?
To pre-screen for NJ SNAP or other social service programs click here. This is a quick and easy way to find out if you might be able to get help. With the online application, you will spend less time in the office for your interview (If you are unable to get to the county Board of Social Services due to illness or disability, you may send an authorized representative on your behalf or request a telephone interview).You may also submit your application by fax or mail to your local County Welfare Office. After your application is received, you will be contacted to schedule an interview to confirm your application information. Also, please note households in which all members are applicants for or recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), may apply for NJ SNAP at the Social Security District office at the same time you apply for SSI.
NJ SNAP Benefits are issued through the easy-to-use "Families First" electronic benefits card.
You can apply for NJ SNAP:
> Online, by clicking here.
> Or in Person at your
County Welfare Agency - Board of Social Services
You will need to fill out an application and bring various supporting documents with you - for these forms and more information on NJ SNAP click here.
> New Jersey's SNAP Standard Utility Allowance - Federal Guidance (PDF)
NJ SNAP Utilities Posters (PDF)
> English & Spanish
NJ SNAP Brochures - October 2016 (PDF)
> English > Spanish
The NJ SNAP Hotline number: 1-800-687-9512
|Apply online to become authorized to accept SNAP at your Retail Food Store or Farmers Market by clicking here.
There have been reports of the general public receiving unsolicited calls from what appears to be the SNAP toll free information hotline number: 1-800-221-5689. The unsolicited callers are requesting personal information offering assistance for filling out a SNAP application or other non-SNAP related services such as home security systems. Never provide personal information or your credit card number over the phone to unsolicited callers. The call center that operates the hotline number (or your local County Welfare Agency) does not make promotional or robo calls. This outside entity that has "spoofed" the SNAP toll free information hotline number is not affiliated with federal government or SNAP. If you suspect that you are receiving scam calls from 1-800-221-5689, you may file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission. If you have already fallen victim to this or a similar scam, please CLICK HERE for more information on identity theft.
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