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New Jersey is offering Disaster SNAP – a onetime, federally-funded, electronic food stipend for all residents in 16 counties and by zip-code in two other counties. It will be offered in Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties as well as in the following zip codes of Burlington and Cumberland counties: 08224, 08010, 08016, 08515, 08075, 08511, 08562, 08068, 08041, 08088, 08215, 08046, 08562, 08323, 08320, 08311, 08345, 08321, 08315, 08349, 08348, 08324, 08314, 08327, 08329, 08316.

To be eligible for D-SNAP, you must meet the income guidelines AND have spent more than $100 on disaster-related expenses between October 28 and November 26. The cost of replacing food cannot be counted toward the $100, but restaurant expenses are allowed. Under the guidelines, for a family of one, the income limit is $2,268 with a benefit of $200; a family of two is $2,965 limit with a $367 benefit; a family of three is $3,416 limit with a $526 benefit; and, a family of four is $4,034 limit with a $668 benefit.

If any of the costs were charged to a credit card, the resident must be able to document that they paid the credit card bill for these items by November 26th.

Applications for the program will begin on Monday, November 26 and run for seven business days, concluding on either Monday, December 3rd or Tuesday, December 4th, depending on whether a particular county processes applications on Saturday, December 1st.Current SNAP recipients from the 16 counties listed above do not have to apply for this program because they already have received a 30 percent October replacement allocation on their EBT card and will receive a supplemental benefit by December 7, 2012.

> Click here for a list of D-SNAP locations. (PDF)

> Click here for a D-SNAP Informational Video

Applicants from the designated areas must go to the D-SNAP location in their own county. However, displaced residents can apply for D-SNAP in the county where they are staying.

Residents of Camden, Gloucester and Salem – counties that were not as affected by Hurricane Sandy - are not eligible for D-SNAP at this time.


Who is Eligible for D-SNAP
Residents in the above listed counties or zip codes, that meet the income guidelines and who had disaster-related expenses of $100 or more that were paid between October 28 and November 26.

Under the guidelines, for a family of one, the income limit is $2,268 with a benefit of $200; a family of two is $2,965 limit with a $367 benefit; a family of three is $3,416 limit with a $526 benefit; and, a family of four is $4,034 limit with a $668 benefit.

To calculate your “Disaster Income,” add the take home (net) income received by all household members between October 28 through November 26 to any liquid assets - cash, checking, and savings – that you have.  If the two numbers combined are less than the income limit in the chart below for your household size, then you may be eligible for D-SNAP.

Below is a chart that shows D-SNAP income limits and benefits by family size.

Household Size

Disaster Income Limit

Allotment Amount

1

$2,268

$200

2

$2,965

$367

3

$3,416

$526

4

$4,034

$668

5

$4,452

$793

6

$4,979

$952

7

$5,363

$1,052

8

$5,747

$1,202

Each Additional Member

+ $384

+ $150

 
 
What you need to bring when applying for D-SNAP
Under the new rules, applicants in the designated counties or zip codes must provide:
  • Identification and proof of residency – a driver’s license, for example, would serve as both.
  • Pay stubs and bank statements (cash, checking and savings) for the 30 days from October 28th through November 26th.
  • Receipts that show more than $100 spent on disaster-related expenses between October 28 and November 26. The cost of replacing food cannot be included in the $100, but restaurant expenses are allowed.

Related expenses may include:

  • Temporary shelter in a motel
  • Home/business repairs
  • Evacuation expenses
  • Disaster clean up
  • Disaster related vehicle repairs
  • Gasoline for a generator
  • Replacement of personal items, such as clothing or household items, such as appliances, tools, educational materials.
 
 
 
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