SNAP recipients to see boost in food assistance benefits

TRENTON – New Jersey residents who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) are getting at least a 15 percent increase in benefits in January to help address food needs related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the state Department of Human Services announced. 

A 15 percent increase in SNAP benefits was included in the recently signed federal relief legislation and will be in effect through June.

Human Services has also been providing SNAP households with the maximum benefits since March when the pandemic began, and those supplements will be provided in January to about 269,000 households. The 15 percent increase is independent of the monthly SNAP supplements and will be given to every SNAP household, so all NJ SNAP recipients will get at least a 15 percent increase, depending on household size and income.

The monthly supplemental payments are contingent upon month-to-month U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval. The USDA can approve supplemental SNAP payments for states as long as the federal government has declared a public health emergency and the state has issued an emergency declaration.

The increased benefits will be directly loaded to NJ SNAP recipients’ Families First EBT cards as part of their regular monthly payment.

NJ SNAP provides food assistance to families with low incomes to help them buy groceries through a benefit card accepted in most food retail stores and farmers markets.  Families can also use their cards online through Amazon and participating locations of Aldi, ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer and Walmart.

Residents can visit to see if they’re eligible for SNAP and apply.

Click Here for Trenton Area Free Food Resources listing

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