NJ Human Services Expands SNAP Navigator Program to All 21 Counties
NJ Human Services is expanding the SNAP Navigator program to all 21 counties
SNAP Navigators assist with SNAP application and can help SNAP participants retain their benefits
December 16th, 2022
(TRENTON) – Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman announced today that the department has made more navigators available in more counties to help people who wish to apply or are already enrolled in the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
SNAP Navigators can help answer questions about the SNAP Food Aid Program and help people apply for SNAP benefits. Previously, SNAP Navigators from three agencies served portions of the state. There are now 11 agencies with SNAP Navigators available to serve residents across New Jersey, with another agency launching this service in January 2023.
“Families struggling to get food on the table shouldn’t also be struggling to get help. Now, SNAP Navigators in each county are a free and confidential one-stop shop to help New Jersey residents access food aid. The expansion of this service will make vital SNAP assistance more accessible to all families in New Jersey,” said Commissioner Adelman.
Here are the SNAP Navigators by county. You can also find this list and other helpful tips for getting SNAP online at NJSNAP.gov
|areas served||Name of the SNAP Navigator organization||Email-address||phone number|
|Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset & Union||Community Food Bank of New Jersey||[email protected]||1-908-838-4831|
|Monmouth & Ocean||Fulfill||[email protected]||1-723-643-5888|
Gloster & Salem
|South Jersey Food Bank||[email protected]||1-856-324-5173|
|Edison Township (Middlesex) and Southern New Jersey||Tzu Chi||[email protected]||1-973-857-8666|
|Asbury Park||Center of Mercy||[email protected]||1-732-774-9397|
|mercer||United Way of Greater Mercer County||[email protected]||609-637-4915|
|Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA||[email protected]||856-691-0030 ext 107|
|middle sex||Raritan Bay Area YMCA||[email protected]||732-771-9910|
|Sussex||Sussex County YMCA||[email protected]||973-209-9622|
|mercer||YMCA from the Hamilton area||[email protected]||609-581-9622 ext 122|
|middle sex||Raritan Valley YMCA||[email protected]||732-257-4114|
|Hunterdon, Sussex, Warren||Norwayscap||From January 2023|
“We are very grateful for the partnership we have with the agencies that act as SNAP Navigators. In addition to providing direct support to eligible families and individuals, they also raise awareness through community awareness events about SNAP. Through these efforts, we hope to attract more people to food assistance,” said Deputy Commissioner for Social Services Elisa Neira.
“Together with our new streamlined online application, the expansion of the SNAP Navigator program will help make groceries available to more SNAP-eligible New Jersey residents who are struggling to shop for groceries,” said Deputy Commissioner Natasha Johnson, who directs Human Services’ family development department, which is responsible for the SNAP program.
The Department recently celebrated Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which ran November 12-20, with a series of videos featuring SNAP, SNAP-Ed, SNAP Navigators and the Food Bank of South Jersey to raise awareness to raise awareness for the support and services available to individuals and families in need of food assistance. The videos can be viewed on the DHS YouTube channel.
You can apply for SNAP online, in person, or by calling your local social services office, or through a SNAP Navigator.
For more information about SNAP, visit NJSNAP.gov.
As of November 2022, around 745,000 people are registered with SNAP.
The Murphy administration has made fighting hunger and strengthening food security a top priority. Human Services has distributed more than $2 billion in additional monthly SNAP payments to help low-income families afford groceries and other basic necessities. New Jersey is the first state to establish a $50 SNAP minimum benefit, requiring an $18 million investment in state funds. That year, the department also canceled debt for certain families who previously participated in public benefit programs like SNAP, as required by federal regulations. The aim of the initiative was to reduce the financial burden of this debt for thousands of families and give them greater economic stability.
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