Ask Your COVID-19 Questions Here
How do I apply for food, cash, and health insurance assistance? How are assistance programs adjusting for COVID-19?
New Jersey has an online application and screening tool, NJHelps, that can be used to see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health Insurance (NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid). From there, you can apply for services or learn about additional resources.
To learn more about how to apply for affordable health coverage, visit http://www.njfamilycare.org/default.aspx.
To learn more about NJ SNAP and apply for help buying groceries, you can also visit, https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/njsnap/.
To apply for support through the NJ WIC Program (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), applicants can visit https://nj.gov/health/fhs/wic/participants/find-wic and contact their local WIC office by phone. During the coronavirus outbreak, new applicants will be assessed, certified and issued benefits remotely.
Extra Benefits Added to SNAP Program (Food Assistance)
To help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through NJ SNAP received an extra benefit payment on Sunday, March 29 and benefits will be higher in April. A total of $70 million in supplemental SNAP benefits were included in the federal Families First Coroavirus Response Act. Households eligible for the NJ SNAP supplemental benefit will receive the difference between their regular SNAP benefit and the maximum benefit for their family size, in addition to standard monthly benefits. Households that already receive the federal allowable maximum SNAP benefit are not eligible for supplemental payments. Supplemental benefits will be directly loaded to NJ SNAP recipients' Families First EBT cards.
In addition, NJ SNAP recertification periods are extended 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.
SNAP Work Activities: During the current public health crisis, your case will not be closed if you are unable to participate in a work activity.
Click here for the latest updates on SNAP and Work First New Jersey (WFNJ).
Remote Access to WIC Services (Food Assistance for Women and Children)
During the COVID-19 pandemic, all 133,000 current New Jersey WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) participants will continue to receive benefits each month. WIC services include providing supplemental food benefits, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health and social services. Typically, WIC participants and applicants must be physically present to receive services. However, USDA has temporarily waived this requirement. The waiver applies to areas impacted by WIC clinic closures and stay-at-home orders as well as to people under quarantine.
Sources: https://www.njhelps.org/; https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200327a.shtml