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NJ SNAP and Covid-19 Updates
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NJ SNAP provides food assistance to families with low incomes to help them buy groceries. Benefits come through a Families First EBT card (like an ATM card) and are accepted in most food retail stores and farmer’s markets.

IF YOU GET NJ SNAP BENEFITS, YOU MAY SEE A TEMPORARY BOOST IN BENEFITS.

On March 29, many SNAP recipients in NJ received an extra SNAP benefit. The extra SNAP assistance was also included in April’s benefits, to help with critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 28, this boost was extended through the month of May. Supplemental benefits are directly loaded to NJ SNAP recipients’ Families First EBT cards. The additional benefits are available as part of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

This extra benefit amount will provide a boost for many elderly SNAP recipients and others who only receive a minimum SNAP benefit each month. This is especially needed now when it is harder to shop for food and access to low-cost options may not be available.

This boost will also help families who have been receiving a reduced SNAP benefit because of earnings, who are now dealing with a job loss or cut in work hours. These families will now see a bump up to the maximum SNAP benefit without having to recertify right away.

WILL MY BENEFITS INCREASE?

Not all SNAP households will see an increase in benefits. If you already receive the maximum amount for your household size, your benefits will stay the same. If you receive less than the SNAP maximum amount, you will receive the extra benefits on your Families First card.

HOW LONG WILL THE INCREASE LAST?

This increase is temporary. As of now, it will only be provided for March, April, and May. If the federal government approves any other SNAP payments, this information will be updated.

Households that have lost income will still need to report income changes in order to receive full SNAP benefits after April.

ARE THERE OTHER SNAP CHANGES?

New Jersey also received federal approval to extend NJ SNAP recertification periods to six months for cases that are expiring in March, April and May. This means families receiving SNAP will not have benefit interruptions during that time.

Because of the Covid-19 virus, County SNAP Agencies have reduced staff and limited access. Families in need can still apply for benefits online at www.njhelps.org. Anyone unable to apply online can still call their County SNAP Agency to request an application by mail. In addition, several of NJ’s area food banks can provide application assistance by phone.

If you already receive SNAP, you can get more information about your benefits online at www.njfamiliesfirst.org

You can find more information and updates about SNAP and other benefits at www.LSNJLAW. If you need help with your SNAP benefits and have more questions, you can call LSNJLAWSM, Legal Services of New Jersey’s statewide, toll-free legal hotline, at 1-888-LSNJLAW (1-888-576-5529) for legal advice, information, and referral.​ You can also complete an intake form online at https://lsnjlawhotline.org.

SNAP BENEFITS

Household Size

Maximum Monthly SNAP Benefit

1

$194

2

$355

3

$509

4

$646

5

$768

6

$921

7

$1,018

8

$1,164

Each additional member

add $146

4/29/2020
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