The 462,000 households in New Jersey that receive food assistance through NJ SNAP, the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, will receive a total of $79.9 million in extra benefits in May.
When those extra payments are included, the state Department of Human Services will have distributed $694.1 million in supplemental monthly SNAP payments to households since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020. As with regular SNAP benefits, the extra funds will be directly uploaded onto recipients’ “Families First” EBT (electronic benefits transfer) cards early next month; the amount will be based on household size.
NJ SNAP provides food assistance to low-income families to help them buy groceries through a benefits 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.