New Jersey Food Stamps

In New Jersey, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by the Department of Human Services’ Division of Family Development. The program is designed to provide eligible low-income individuals and families with cash benefits to help pay for food. In order to qualify for the program, you must be a resident of the state of New Jersey and meet income and resource limits. To check to see if you’re eligible, you can utilize this screening tool before proceeding with the application process.

To apply for food stamp benefits in New Jersey, you have a few options. The easiest is to apply online. You can also download an application here and turn it in to your County Welfare Agency or Board of Social Services. Applications are also available in Spanish. You must detail residency, resource and income information in your application.

Once you are deemed eligible for food stamp benefits, you will be issued a Families First Card. This EBT card is used like a debit card, and your benefits are automatically credited to your account every month. When using your Families First Card, simply swipe at the register and enter your four-digit PIN to make eligible food purchases.


1. How long does it take to receive food stamp benefits?

Those who are deemed eligible for food stamp benefits will receive them within 30 days. Under certain circumstances, emergency benefits may be issued within a few days.

2. Do I need to reapply for benefits?

Yes. Clients who are already receiving food stamp benefits may re-apply by filing an application for recertification by the 15th day of the last month of their current certification period.

3. Do I have to use all of my benefits?

In general, you do not have to use all of them. However, any benefits that were available for use and not used in 180 days will be removed if there has not been any activity.

4. What should I do if my Families First Card is lost or stolen?

If your Families First Card is lost or stolen, call Customer Service immediately at 1-800-997-3333.

5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?

Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.

Contact: New Jersey Food Stamps.