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.gov 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 Interim Reporting and Recertification

To stay on SNAP, there are some things you need to do periodically that you may not have been required to do during COVID-19 pandemic.  These steps are no longer paused and need to be completed to continue to receive your SNAP benefits.

SNAP Interim Reporting Form (IRF)
An Interim Reporting Form (IRF) will be sent to you about halfway through your SNAP certification period. You must complete the IRF when it is sent to you and return it or you case will be closed and benefits will end. You may return the IRF by mail in the provided postage paid envelope, by fax to the number located at the top left of the form or in-person directly to your local board of social services

If you received a final notice to complete your IRF, but did not receive a form, contact DFD at 1-800-792-9773, press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish and then select option 1 for SNAP assistance. If your case has closed due to an IRF issue, please contact your local board of social services for assistance. 

SNAP Recertification
Recertification extensions are being phased out. When you are due for a recertification, you will receive a Notice of Expiration letter in the mail from your board of social services with your interview date. Contact your local board of social services if you have questions about your notice, if you need help completing your recertification, or if your case has closed due to a recertification issue.

More information about staying on SNAP, including about IRFs and recertification can be found in the SNAP Recipient section of www.NJSNAP.gov.


SNAP Benefit Changes

Temporary Emergency Supplemental Food Assistance Benefits
For September 2022, households will receive at least $95 in emergency benefits or the maximum benefit for your household size, whichever is greater. These additional, temporary emergency benefits will be available when your regular SNAP benefits are available. Check back every month to see if these temporary 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

New Jersey received P-EBT approval for children under the age 6 enrolled in SNAP between September 2021 – June 2022 and for summer 2022.  In addition, summer 2022 P-EBT has been approved for students in grades K-12 in the 2021 – 2022 school year who were eligible for the National School Lunch Program.

P-EBT for September 2021 – June 2022 for children under the age of 6 in SNAP households was added to the Families First card from July 30, 2022 through August 12, 2022.  A benefit of $42.02 per eligible child was added for each eligible month. 

Summer P-EBT benefits for children under the age of 6 and for school-age students are expected to be issued in September and continuing into October.

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.

 

8/29/22