New Jersey's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, once called food stamps, helps individuals and families with limited income purchase food. In addition to applying in person at your local welfare office, you also can apply for benefits online. You will be asked a series of personal questions about yourself and other members of your household, including about your income and expenses.
Qualifying for Food Assistance
You can qualify for SNAP in a variety of ways, such as having an income below the prescribed limit for your household size; be a senior, disabled, unemployed or work part-time; or have recently lost your unemployment benefits. Prior to applying, you can visit NJHelps and use the site's pre-screening tool to determine if you qualify for SNAP and other state programs.
You can apply for food stamps online by visiting the NJ SNAP page. Scroll to the middle of the page and click on the apply online link. You will be taken to the NJOneApp.gov application page. Click the Apply button in the box labeled, "Apply for Services." A new page will open and explain what information is required to apply online, such as your name, birthdate, Social Security number, employment and income details, and health insurance information. If other people live in your household, you must provide their names and Social Security numbers if you're also requesting benefits for them. Once you've gathered all the information you need and are ready to proceed, click on the button labeled "Start" at the bottom of the page and begin completing the application.
What Happens Next
After submitting your SNAP application online, your county welfare office will send you an appointment notice in the mail. You will be scheduled for either an in-person or telephone interview. Once approved, your SNAP benefits will begin within 30 days. Benefits can start as soon as 7 days after submitting your application if your household consists of seasonal farm or migrant workers, your monthly income before taxes is less than $150, your monthly rent or mortgage and utilities are more than your income, resources and cash, or your resources total less than $100.
If you don't want to submit your application online, you can submit it in person at your county welfare office. A list of locations is available online. Be sure to take any necessary documents with you, such as government issued identification and proof of residence, income and monthly expenses. New Jersey has provided a helpful checklist online.