NJ SNAP (Formerly Food Stamps)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps) is intended to increase the nutritional purchasing power of low-income or other needy families. Families or individuals may be eligible if they:
- Work for low wages
- Are unemployed or work part-time
- Receive Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance (GA), or other public assistance payments
- Are elderly or disabled and live on a small income. Unearned income guidelines are as follows:
- One person household-$1832
- Two person household-$2470
- Three person household-$3108
The amount of benefits are based on the thrifty Food Plan, which is an estimate of how much it costs to buy food to prepare nutritious low-cost meals.
Under supervision of USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, state public assistance agencies run their program through their local county offices. The Gloucester County Division of Social Services administers The NJ SNAPProgram for residents of Gloucester County.
To apply for NJ SNAP on line log on to: https://oneapp.dhs.state.nj.us/
The NJ SNAP program benefits are provided through electronic benefits transfer by using a plastic Families First card, which is similar to a credit card. The card can be used at ATM machines and at the point of sale in a food store.
Further information is available at the web site of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns , check www.njsnap.org to see if you qualify. For additional information, or call 856-582-9200.
Food Assistance is also available through Food Pantries provided by various community organizations. Food pantries are independent entities not affiliated with GCDSS, but who work with GCBSS to assist the public in need of food assistance.
Click here for a list of available food pantries