New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) is increasing benefits for more than a quarter million households (273,000) in the state as part of an effort to counteract the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 15% hike in food-assistance benefits started in January and will extend through June.
Including benefits to be paid in February, nearly $500 million in SNAP support has been distributed in the state since the pandemic began in March.
NJ SNAP provides food assistance to families with low incomes to help them buy groceries through a benefit card accepted in most food retail stores and farmer’s markets. Families can also use their cards online through Amazon and participating locations of Aldi, ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer and Walmart. Information on eligibility is available at njhelps.org.