COVID-19

What you need to know about the New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during the public health crisis

Temporary Emergency Supplemental Food Assistance Benefits

For July 2022, households will receive at least $95 in emergency benefits or the maximum benefit for your household size, whichever is greater. These temporary additional emergency benefits will be available when your regular SNAP benefits are available. Check back every month to see if these temporary emergency allotment supplements will continue.
Remember, this is an extra SNAP benefit being made available to help you buy food in this public health crisis.

You can check your benefits, change your pin, report a lost, stolen or damaged card and see your transaction history quickly and securely online at www.njfamiliesfirst.com or on the ConnectEBT app.  The same username and password is used for both and can be set up either on the website or on the app.  You will need to verify your identity when you set up your account. The ConnectEBT app is free and available in English and Spanish.  You can download it in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

You also can call customer service at 1-800-997-3333, however, they may be experiencing higher call volumes, so please be patient. Please do not check your balance at the grocery store where cashiers may be very busy.

SNAP Interim Reporting and Recertification

To stay on SNAP, there are some things you need to do periodically that you may not have been required to do during COVID-19 pandemic.  These steps are no longer paused and need to be completed to continue to receive your SNAP benefits.

SNAP Interim Reporting Form (IRF)

An IRF will be sent to you about halfway through your SNAP certification period. You must complete the IRF when it is sent to you and return it or your case will be closed and benefits will end. You may return the IRF by mail in the provided postage paid envelope, by fax it to the number located at the top left of the form or in-person directly to your local board of social services.

If you received a final notice to complete your IRF, but did not receive a form, contact DFD at 1-800-792-9773, press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish and then select option 1 for SNAP assistance.   If your case has closed due to an IRF issue, please contact your local board of social services for assistance.

SNAP Recertification

Recertification extensions are being phased out.  When you are due for a recertification, you will receive a Notice of Expiration letter in the mail from your local board of social services with your interview date.  Contact your local board of social services if you have questions about your notice, if you need help completing your recertification, or if your case has closed due to a recertification issue.

More information about staying on SNAP, including IRFs and recertification can be found in the SNAP Recipient section of www.NJSNAP.gov.

College Students

More college students may be eligible for SNAP. You may be eligible if you are enrolled at least half time in an institution of higher education and:

  • are eligible to participate in a State or federally financed work-study program as determined by the institution of higher education; or 
  • in the current academic year, have an Expected Family Contribution of $0 as determined by the Higher Education Act 

This expanded SNAP eligibility for college students will be available as long as federal public health state of emergency remains in place and for 30 days after the federal public health state of emergency expires. 

For more information about eligibility for college students, visit the Who is Eligible section of Get SNAP on www.NJSNAP.gov.