NJFA News and Resources
June 1, 2020
NJFA was pleased to see the announcement last week from the NJ Dept of Human Services regarding enhanced SNAP funding.

NJ Human Services Announces $37 Million in Additional Food Assistance
(TRENTON) – Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in June to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
An additional $37 million will be provided to about 220,000 New Jersey households for June.
SNAP supplemental payments were included in the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Human Services has already provided $106 million in additional NJ SNAP benefits total in March, April and May to New Jerseyans to help purchase groceries. 
 “We continue to provide as much food assistance as possible to eligible New Jersey households for as long as we can during this challenging time,” Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson said. “This additional help will assist many families facing difficulties. And I also continue to thank our state’s Congressional delegation for protecting residents as we respond to this pandemic.”
The supplemental benefits will be directly loaded to NJ SNAP recipients’ Families First EBT cards as part of their regular monthly payment.

Likewise, we were excited to hear that the Department has also launched a program for SNAP recipients to order groceries online. Right now that is only available through Amazon, Shoprite and Walmart.

You can apply for SNAP online at njhelps.org

If you need more information or have other service needs, please contact your County Office on Aging/ADRC , you can be connected to your local office by calling 1-877-222-3737 .

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