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NJ Human Services Announces $70 Million in Food Assistance for Vulnerable Families

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Many residents who receive food assistance through the NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive an extra benefit payment on Sunday and their benefits will be higher in April to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SNAP supplemental payments were included in the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. A total of $70 million in extra NJ SNAP benefits will be provided over the next two months to help with the purchase of groceries. 

On Sunday $35 million in supplemental payments will be provided to approximately 205,000 New Jersey households enrolled in NJ SNAP.   April benefits also will be increased by $35 million for these households. 

Supplemental benefits will be directly loaded to NJ SNAP recipients’ Families First EBT cards. 

Eligible NJ SNAP recipients will receive their first supplemental benefit on their Families First EBT card on Sunday, and will be able to use the benefits beyond the month of March. The April supplemental benefit will arrive together with eligible recipients’ typical monthly payment, meaning recipients will receive one combined payment in April of the supplement and their standard benefit.