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Getting Food Assistance for the Longer Term
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP is a federal benefits program where low-income people get a card that can be used, like a debit card, to purchase eligible food. If you are eligible, you will be able to get SNAP in anywhere from seven to thirty days.
In the State of New Jersey, there is an online application you can fill in that figures out whether you are eligible not only for SNAP, but also for some other programs. It's available as part of NJHelps and is called NJOneApp. You can check out the things you will need to fill out the application here. (For example: you will need names and birthdates for your household members, as well as proof of household income like pay stubs, tax statements or a letter from your employer/s.)
(For a copy of the application in other languages, go here and look at the section on the right side, called "Apply In Person or by Mail.")
Once you fill out the application, it's evaluated by your county's SNAP office. You may be given an appointment time for an in-person or telephone interview and will need to provide all the required information for your household.
- Confirm your county's SNAP office to get its address, hours, or contact information
- SNAP eligible foods
- Retailers that accept SNAP (searchable map)
- NJHelps Screener that determines likely eligibility for programs from SNAP to TANF to Medicaid; takes about 2 minutes
New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC)
WIC is a food benefit for women who are pregnant, recently had a child, or are breastfeeding as well as infants and children under five. Includes vouchers for foods on the Approved Food List, such as milk, cheese, eggs, cereals, etc. as well as cash vouchers for fresh, canned, or frozen fruits and vegetables at both stores and farmers' markets.
Note: A household may be eligible for both SNAP and WIC.
To apply for WIC, you make an appointment at a local WIC agency in your county.
At the appointment, you will need to ensure that all applicants in the family, including children, are present for the appointment, and have materials including: proof of identity, proof of pregnancy, proof of income, proof of residency, your health care referral form (if completed by your doctor or other health provider), your children's Universal Child Health Record, and your children's vaccination records.