Last Updated on January 27, 2023 by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), formerly known under the Food Stamp Program, offers food benefits, access and education in food preparation and nutrition for low-income households. The benefits, which are a type of ATM card and electronic card, can be used to purchase eligible food at authorized retail food shops. New Jersey SNAP allows eligible low-income families and individuals to receive cash benefits to pay for food. However, SNAP in this state does not provide entitlements. Unless otherwise stated, NJ SNAP recipients must work at least 20 hours per work week.
Additionally, ABAWD time limitations apply to all able bodied SNAP recipients ages 18 to 49 without dependents. This limits benefits to 3 months in a 36-month period.
For additional information about NJ SNAP, please call
NJ SNAP Hotline
What Is SNAP?
SNAP is the largest domestic hunger safety net program. Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), a state agency that works with nutrition educators and neighborhood and faith-based groups, ensures that all those who are eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed choices about how to apply and have access to benefits.
Eligibility Requirements For SNAP In New Jersey (NJ)
To be eligible for SNAP assistance in New Jersey, you must meet these eligibility requirements:
- New Jersey Legal Resident
- You can be a US Citizen, or a lawful permanent residence
- Show proof of identity
- Respect certain income guidelines
- You have less than $2,250 of resources
NJ SNAP benefits can be obtained through the “Families First”, an electronic benefits card that can be used at most grocery shops.
Benefits can vary depending on many factors such as the size of the household and income. A New Jersey single mother may receive up to $535 per month in benefits if she has two children.
All SNAP beneficiaries will be eligible for a 15% increase in their SNAP benefits from January 2021 through September 2021. A family of three who receives $535 per month will receive $616.
Income Limit For SNAP In New Jersey
SNAP benefits are available to most families with a gross income of 185% or more than $3,200 per month for a single mother of 2. There is a limit of $2,250 for countable resources, which includes bank accounts.
Application For SNAP In New Jersey (NJ)
To pre-screen for eligibility and to check if you are eligible, visit NJHelps.com. This is an easy and quick way to determine if you are eligible. However, you must apply for NJ SNAP through NJ OneApp. Register for an account if you don’t have one.
How Long It Takes To Get SNAP Benefits In New Jersey (NJ)
You will be able access your SNAP benefits within 30 days of the office receiving your application if you are eligible. In certain cases of emergency, your first benefits may be available in 7 days or less.
Using Your New Jersey (NJ) EBT Card In Other States
You can use SNAP benefits in other states. This means that you can use your NJ EBT anywhere EBT is accepted in the United States, including Guam, the District of Columbia and the U.S Virgin Islands.