About 730,000 people in New Jersey receive benefits under the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Despite the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government, February SNAP benefits were paid early to them. Officials said the state took advantage of a provision in the government budget bill that expired December 21 allowing for certain payments to be made up to 30 days after the budget’s end.
“The SNAP program is one of several federal programs critical to many New Jerseyans that are at risk should President Trump’s shutdown continue,” said Gov. Phil Murphy.
The benefits were credited last Thursday to recipients who received a SNAP benefit in January and who were approved for continued assistance. State officials warned, however, that there is no guarantee of additional SNAP payments until the federal shutdown is resolved.
SNAP, administered by the state Department of Human Services, offers nutrition aid to low-income individuals and families. For more information, visit www.njsnap.gov.