New Jersey SNAP

Updated June 25, 2019

New Jersey SNAP — formerly Food Stamps, enables eligible low-income individuals and families to receive cash benefits to help pay for food.

NJ SNAP is not an entitlement. NJ’s law requires all SNAP recipients to work or participate in a work program for at least 20 hours per week, unless otherwise exempt.

In addition, ABAWD time limits apply to all able-bodied SNAP recipients ages 18—49 without dependents, limiting benefits to 3 months during a 36-month period.1


In order to qualify for NJ SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Live in New Jersey
  • Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  • Show proof of identity
  • Meet certain income guidelines
  • Have less than $2,250 in resources

NJ SNAP benefits are issued through the easy-to-use “Families First” electronic benefits card that is accepted at most grocery stores.

Benefits may vary depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size and income. In New Jersey, eligible single mother with two children may get up to $367 in monthly benefits.


FAQ

  • What is the income limit for SNAP in NJ?

    Most families with gross income up to 185% of the federal poverty level or about $3,200 a month for a single mother of two, qualify for SNAP benefits. The limit for countable resources is $2,250, which includes a bank account.

  • How to apply for SNAP in NJ?

    Go to NJHelps.com to pre-screen your eligibility and check to see what benefits you may qualify for. This is a quick and easy way to find out if you qualify.

    Application for for NJ SNAP, however, must be done through NJ OneApp. If you don’t already have an account, create one.

  • How long does it take to get SNAP benefits in NJ?

    If you are eligible, you will be able to access your SNAP benefits no later than 30 days from the date the office received your application. In some emergency cases, you may get your first benefits in seven days or less.

  • Can you use NJ EBT in other states?

    Yes. SNAP benefits are interoperable through the use of your EBT card which means you can use your NJ EBT wherever EBT is accepted anywhere in the United States including the District of Columbia, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For additional information about NJ SNAP, please call
NJ SNAP Hotline
1-800-687-9512

References
  1. These special ABAWD rules were “waived” for several years, but now they apply everywhere except Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties.
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