Food Stamps

New Jersey Food Stamp Program

Introduction

In 2008, the New Jersey Food Stamps Program became NJ SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The program aims to help low income families afford a healthy diet and better nutrition on a tight budget. Many families have experienced trouble in the economy and unemployment has increased the need for food stamps in many individuals and their dependents. Eligibility is determined on a case by case basis, but there are certain general requirements that weed out the extremely ineligible. In New Jersey, food stamps are distributed through the Families First EBT Card, which is used like a debit card at grocery stores to purchase food products, such as dairy food, meats, and packaged goods. Some food is not approved for purchase with food stamps, mostly hot meals for immediate consumption, tobacco products and alcoholic beverages. The NJ SNAP website provides specific information in regards to the type of foods you can purchase and how your benefits are delivered each month, as well as more details about the program. The first step in getting aid is starting an application, which you can quickly do online. For some individuals, you can receive aid within 7 days of putting in an application, although you have to meet certain criteria.

Applying for Food Stamps

You can apply online through the NJ SNAP website. You may also want to download and print an application from the website to bring or fax into an office location nearest to you. These application forms are also available in various languages located here. You will need some basic information to finish the application, such as your name, birthdate, social security number and household size. You will also need to know the names and birth dates of those who live in your household. In addition, you also must report your income and assets, which include things like your car. You will also need to go through an interview which further determines your eligibility. At the interview, you must prove who you say you are with a birth certificate, old food stamp ID, work photo ID, driver’s license or school photo ID. You must have a social security number for all household members. You must also prove where you live and if you are unable to work, disability or medical information. To see the list of items that you need, you can look at this checklist.

Receiving Food Stamps

While anyone can apply for food stamps, to receive benefits you must be eligible. Some individuals and families may not be eligible because their combined gross income or assets is too high, or they are not U.S. citizens. In general, if you reside in New Jersey and live at or below the federal poverty level for your state, you qualify to receive food stamp benefits. If you are concerned about whether or not you are eligible, you can use the Food Stamp Screening Tool. This tool is designed to ask you questions about your income and household so that you can better determine if you are eligible to receive food stamp aid. Once you are approved, you will receive an EBT card that can be used like a debit card at any food vendor that accepts food stamps. You receive your benefits electronically to the card every month. Your amount will be released to you once you are approved, and you can see your benefit statement each month in a letter from the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

Finding Food Service Locations

SNAP is the federal name for the food assistance programs. Every state has multiple SNAP locations. In fact, every county should have multiple locations where you can use your card. You can find specific locations near you using the SNAP retailer locator on the federal website. To talk to someone about finding a location nearest you or to request a form, you can find a local office or department to contact under the County Welfare Agencies Directory.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What income do you need to have in order to be eligible for food stamps in New Jersey?

The following is a list of the maximum allowable monthly income as it pertains to the number of household members. This information will indicate whether or not you qualify for food stamps in New Jersey.
1 $1,276
2 $1,726
3 $2,177
4 $2,628
5 $3,078
6 $3,529
7 $3,980
8 $4,430
9 $4,881
10 $5,332
11 $5,783
12 $5,234
13 $6,685
14 $7,136
15 $7,587
16 $8,038
17 $8,489
18 $8,940
19 $9,391
20 $9,842

How can I contact the food stamp department directly?

Every county in New Jersey has its own Social Services department. Below is a list of all the departments along with the contact information and office hours.

Atlantic  County
Department of Family and Community Development
1333 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 348-3001
Fax: (609) 343-2374
Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Bergen County
Bergen County Board of Social Services
218 Route 17 North
17 Park Office Center – Building A
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
(201) 368-4200
Fax: (201) 368-8710
Hours: 7:45 AM- 4:45 PM
Tues.: 7:45 AM -8:00 PM

Burlington County
Burlington County Board of Social Services
Human Services Facility
795 Woodlane Road
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
(609) 261-1000
Fax: (609) 261-0463
Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Camden County
Camden County Board of Social Service
Althea R. Wright Administration Bldg.
600 Market Street
Camden, NJ 08102-1255
(856) 225-8800
Fax: (856) 225-7797
Hours: 8:30 AM -4:30 AM

Cape May County
Cape May County Board of Social Services
4005 Route 9 South
Rio Grande, NJ 08242
South Rio Grande, NJ 08242
(609) 886-6200
Fax: (609) 889-9332
Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Cumberland County
Cumberland County Board of Social Services
275 North Delsea Dr.
Vineland, NJ 08360-3607
(856) 691-4600
Fax: (856) 692-7635
Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Essex County
Essex County Dept of Citizen Services
Division of Welfare
18 Rector Street – 9th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 733-3000
Fax: (973) 643-3985
Hours: 7:30 AM -4:00 PM
Weds. by appointment only – (973) 733-2001: 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM
* Closed to public every 3rd Thursday of the month.*

Gloucester County
Gloucester County Division of Social Services
400 Hollydell Drive
Sewell, NJ 08080
(856) 582-9200
Fax: (856) 582-6587
Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Every 1st & 3rd Tues. 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Hudson County
Hudson County Dept of Family Services
Division of Welfare
257 Cornelison Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 420-3000
Fax: (201) 420-0343
Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM

Hunterdon County
Hunterdon County
Department of Human Services
Division of Social Services
PO Box 2900
6 Gauntt Place
Flemington, NJ 08822
(908) 788-1300
Fax: (908) 806-4588
Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 AM

Mercer County
Mercer County Board of Social Services
200 Woolverton Street
Trenton, NJ 08611
(609) 989-4320
Fax: (609) 989-0405
Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tues.: 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Middlesex County
Middlesex County Board of Social Services
181 How Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
(732) 745-3500
Fax: (732) 745-4558
Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM

Monmouth County
Monmouth County Division of Social Services
PO Box 3000
3000 Kozloski Road
Freehold, NJ 07728
(732) 431-6000
Fax: (732) 431-6017

Freehold Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:40 PM
Thurs.: 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Ocean Field Office: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tues. & Weds.: 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Morris County
Morris County
Office of Temporary Assistance
340 W. Hanover Ave
Morristown, NJ 07960
PO Box 900
Morristown, NJ 07963
(973) 326-7800
Fax: (973) 326-7875
Hours: 8:30 AM -4:30 PM
Every Other Tues.: 8:30 -7:30 PM

Ocean County
Ocean County Board of Social Services
1027 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753
PO Box 547
Toms River, NJ 08757
(732) 349-1500
Fax: (732) 244-8075
Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tues.: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Passaic County
Passaic County Board of Social Services
80 Hamilton Street
Paterson, NJ 07505-2057
(973) 881-0100
Fax: (973) 881-3232
Hours: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Doors are closed to the public at 4:15 PM)

Salem County
Salem County Board of Social Services
147 South Virginia Avenue
Penns Grove, NJ 08069
(856) 299-7200
Fax: (856) 299-3245
Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Somerset County
Somerset County Board of Social Services
PO Box 936
73 East High Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 526-8800
Fax: (908) 707-1974
Hours: 8:15 AM – 6:00 PM
Field Office Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Sussex County
Sussex County Division of Social Services
83 Spring Street, Suite 203
Newton, NJ 07860
PO Box 218
Newton, NJ 07860
(973) 383-3600
Fax: (973) 383-3627
Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Union County
Union County Division of Social Services
342 Westminster Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
(908) 965-2700
Fax: (908) 965-2758
Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Warren County
Warren County Division of Temporary Assistance and Social Services
1 Shotwell Dr.
Belvidere, NJ 07823
(908) 475-6301
Fax: (908) 475-1533
Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM