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 an interview are no longer required to apply for SNAP during this emergency.

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 Recertification Extension

If your case was due to be recertified in and you are unable to get your paperwork in or complete your interview, your case will not be closed. You will receive your benefits on the usual day. Your case has been granted a six-month extension from the date your recertification is due. More information will follow on your new recertification date. In the meantime, you will continue to receive SNAP benefits.


SNAP Work Activities

During the current public health crisis, your case will not be closed if you are unable to participate in a work activity.


SNAP Benefit Changes

15% Benefit Increase

From January 2021 to September 2021, all SNAP recipients will receive a 15% 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. 

These extra SNAP benefits amounts will be added as a supplement to your Families First card, in addition to your regular monthly amount. 

 
People in Household  
Regular Max Monthly Benefit 
  October 1, 2020–September 30, 2021
    Max Monthly Benefit 15% Increase through September 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 may receive the maximum monthly benefit during the ongoing COIVD-19 public health state of emergency.

For the month of April, the supplement is pending federal approval. You still received the 15% benefit increase on your card, as scheduled.  We expect the additional benefits will be added to your SNAP card once approved in the coming days.  In the meantime, you can check your benefits by calling 1-800-997-3333 or online at www.NJFamiliesFirst.com

Remember, this is an extra SNAP benefit being made available to help you buy food in this public health crisis. 

If you want to check your balance before you go to the grocery store, please visit www.NJFamiliesFirst.com where you can view your current card balance and transaction history, or at some ATMs. 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

Special Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits provided to children who normally receive free or reduced-price school meals.  For the 2019-2020 school year, benefits have been sent to eligible families. Families received up to $416.10 for each eligible student for nutritional support during the time that schools moved to remote learning during the pandemic.

For the 2020-2021 school year, P-EBT benefits in the amount of $99.62 per eligible child were issued for the month of September for students receiving free- or reduced-price school meals and are attending schools with a remote learning schedule of at least 5 consecutive days. (This benefit is not available for students whose school are conducting classes in person or a hybrid of in-person and remote that don't meet that definition.)
 
No application is necessary. The majority of P-EBT eligible families participating in SNAP will received their benefit on their household's existing Families First. All other P-EBT eligible households were mailed a P-EBT card. More information is available on the P-EBT page.


Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) Updates

WFNJ Redetermination Extension 

If your WFNJ case is scheduled to be redetermined, the deadline may be extended, for specific reasons, as long as the Public Health State of Emergency remains in place. Information will be sent to you about your new redetermination date. If you have questions, contact your county board of social services. In the meantime, you will continue to receive WFNJ benefits. 


WFNJ Work Activities

During the current public health crisis, your case will not be closed if you are unable to participate in a work activity. This includes if you are a General Assistance (GA) client completing the 28-day work activity while your case is being reviewed.
 

Other Program Updates

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

In light of COVID-19, New Jersey WIC is allowing additional food items in anticipation of limited food selections related to recent events. For more information, visit the NJ WIC website or check out their flyer
 


4/1/21