Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Updates

Applying for SNAP

During this public health crisis, we have made the application process for SNAP food assistance simpler by removing some parts in the process. For example, a hard copy signature for your application and you will not be required to complete an interview to apply for SNAP.

You can apply online at NJHelps.org or if you do not have a computer, you can apply by phone by calling your local board of social services. You can also download the application and mail it into the local board of social services. Through a new online tool, available on NJOneApp, SNAP applicants can upload the documentation needed for applications electronically instead of mailing or dropping off documents to the county offices. 


SNAP Recertifications

To continue receiving SNAP benefits, your case must be reviewed periodically.  During the pandemic, these recertifications were paused and your benefits were extended.  These extensions are being phased out.  You will receive a Notice of Expiration letter in the mail from your local board of social services with your interview date or asking you to call and schedule an interview.  Contact your local board of social services if you have questions about your notice or if you need help completing your recertification.


SNAP Benefit Changes

Temporary Emergency Supplemental Food Assistance Benefits
As of April 2021, a change was made that requires the temporary emergency supplemental food assistance benefit a household receives to be at least $95 in additional benefits. Before April 2021, only households who were not receiving the maximum SNAP allotment for their household size received a temporary emergency supplemental benefit. Going forward, households will receive at least $95 in emergency benefits or the maximum temporary benefit for your household size, whichever is greater.
 
For January, these additional emergency benefits will be available when your regular SNAP benefits are available. Check back every month to see if the emergency allotment supplements will continue.
 
Remember, this is an extra SNAP benefit being made available to help you buy food in this public health crisis. 

You can check your benefits, change your pin, report a lost, stolen or damaged card and see your transaction history quickly and securely online at www.njfamiliesfirst.com or on the ConnectEBT app.  The same username and password is used for both and can be set up either on the website or on the app.  You will need to verify your identity when you set up your account. The ConnectEBT app is free and available in English and Spanish.  You can download it in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

You also can call customer service at 1-800-997-3333, however, they may be experiencing higher call volumes, so please be patient. Please do not check your balance at the grocery store where cashiers may be very busy.
 

Online Grocery Shopping

New Jerseyans enrolled in SNAP may use their Families First EBT card to purchase eligible SNAP food items at participating stores online. For more information about ordering online and to find participating stores in your area, visit the NJ SNAP Using Your Benefits page.


Extra Benefits for Children

DHS is working on a plan to issue benefits for the 2021-2022 school year under the new P-EBT eligibility criteria.  Please continue to check back for updates.
 
At this time, all benefits for the 2020-2021 school year and summer 2021 have been issued based on information submitted by your school.
 
If you received a card in the mail, please keep it in case of future benefits. 
 
More information is available on the P-EBT page.


Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) Updates

 

WFNJ Work Activities

Work activities for WFNJ clients will be resuming in 2022.  Your county board of social services will provide information about your work activity requirements when it is time for you to start participating.

 

12/23/21