What is NJ SNAP

New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during the public health crisis

SNAP Benefit 15% Increase

From January 2021 to June 2021, all SNAP recipients will receive a 15% SNAP benefit increase. For example, a family of three that received $535 a month will receive a payment of $81. This 15% SNAP benefit amount will be added as a supplement to your Families First card, in addition to your regular monthly amount.

People in HouseholdRegular Max Monthly Benefit
October 1, 2020–September 30, 2021
Max Monthly Benefit 15% Increase through June 2021
1 $204 $234
2 $374 $430
3 $535 $616
4 $680 $782
5 $807 $929
6 $969 $1,114
7 $1,071 $1,232
8 $1,224 $1,408
Each additional person +$153 +$176

Max Allotment

If you do not receive the maximum monthly SNAP benefit amount for your household size, you will receive the maximum monthly benefit during the ongoing COVID-19 public health state of emergency.
For the month of January, you will receive a supplement to cover the difference between what you were scheduled to receive and the new max allotment, including the 15% increase.  Check back every month to check if the max allotment supplements will continue.

College Students

More college students may be eligible for SNAP. You may be eligible if you are enrolled at least half time in an institution of higher education and:

  • are eligible to participate in a State or federally financed work-study program as determined by the institution of higher education; or 
  • in the current academic year, have an Expected Family Contribution of $0 as determined by the Higher Education Act 

This expanded SNAP eligibility for college students will be available as long as federal public health state of emergency remains in place and for 30 days after the federal public health state of emergency expires. 

For more information about eligibility for college students, visit our College Students page.


New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, NJ SNAP, provides food assistance to families with low incomes to help them buy groceries through a benefits card accepted in most food retail stores and some farmers markets. Eligibility is set by several factors such as income and resources.  You can use SNAP benefits to stretch your food budget and buy nutritious foods that can keep you and your family healthy.

Do I Qualify?

Your household must meet certain requirements to be eligible for SNAP and receive benefits, including meeting the maximum allowable income listed below. 

Gross Monthly Income Eligibility Standard
(185% of FPL)
Figures Valid October 2020 - September 2021

Household SizeMax. Allowable Income


$1, 968


$2, 658


$3, 349


$4, 040


$4, 730


$5, 421


$6, 112


$6, 802

Each Additional Member

+ $691

Meeting the maximum allowable income for your household size does not guarantee you are eligible for SNAP. You can screen for NJ SNAP in five minutes to find out if you are eligible for food assistance, cash assistance and more. Click here to screen and apply in 20 to 40 minutes.

Who Can Apply?

A SNAP household is anyone who lives and eats together. 

  • Any household member over 18
  • An authorized representative that can go food shopping and use SNAP benefits on your behalf (a friend, relative, neighbor)

NJ SNAP Brochures

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