Ways to Apply

Check your Eligibility

Screening takes about 5-10 minutes to complete, and you will need to provide monthly income information.

Apply Online

It takes about 20-45 minutes to complete an application. You will need to provide details about your household income, resources and personal information.

Apply in Person or by Mail

To apply in person download and complete application and bring, mail or fax to your County Board of Social Services.

Did you know?

Seniors and individuals with disabilities can have a friend or family member (called authorized representative on the application) submit an application on their behalf either online or in person at the county board of social services.

Need Someone to Help You With Your Application?

Outreach representatives teach you about SNAP availability, eligibility requirements, application procedures and the benefits of SNAP. They can also correct misconceptions about SNAP to help you make a decision about if you should apply. Outreach representatives can answer your questions about applying and assist with your application, but cannot apply for you.  

Our current outreach partners are:

  • Community FoodBank of New Jersey (covering Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union)
  • Fulfill (covering Ocean and Monmouth)
  • Food Bank of South Jersey (covering Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem)

Outreach representatives often hold events in your community at food pantries, senior centers, libraries, schools and other local events. 

Be aware that there other agencies that might claim to be “SNAP consultants,” asking you for personal information to complete a pre-approved SNAP application or telling you that an application was initiated on your behalf. If you think a letter or text is a scam, do not reply at all. If you do not know if a request for personal information is real, contact your county board of social services. 

You should never be asked to pay for help filling out an application. There is no charge.