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?

SNAP Navigators teach you about SNAP availability, eligibility requirements, can answer your questions about applying and assist you with your SNAP application. They also can help you learn if you may be eligible for other programs, such as Work First New Jersey cash assistance.  Your can learn more about our SNAP Navigator program on the Get Help Applying page. 

Our current SNAP Navigator agencies are listed below.  To find the agency that works in your county, visit the Get Help Applying page to view the counties each agency serves and the contact information for the agency.

  • Community FoodBank of New Jersey
  • Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA 
  • Food Bank of South Jersey 
  • Fulfill
  • Hamilton Area YMCA
  • Mercy Center
  • Raritan Bay Area YMCA
  • Raritan Valley YMCA
  • Sussex County YMCA
  • Tzu Chi
  • United Way of Greater Mercer County

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.