Apply for SNAP (Food Stamps)

Experiencing financial hardship? Looking for a nutritious diet for your family? Apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps New Jersey residents buy food. People in eligible low-income households can get more nutritious diets with SNAP.

Experiencing a food emergency and need food right away? Help is available.

Eligibility

Income Limits
Household Size Maximum Benefit Allotment (MCA) Maximum Allowable Net Income: 100% of Federal Poverty Level Maximum Allowable Gross Income: 130% of Federal Poverty Level Expanded Categorical Eligibility Gross Income: 185% of Federal Poverty Level
1 $234 $1,064 $1,383 $1,968
2 $430 $1,437 $1,868 $2,658
3 $616 $1,810 $2,353 $3,349
4 $782 $2,184 $2,839 $4,040
5 $929 $2,557 $3,324 $4,730
6 $1,114 $2,930 $3,809 $5,421
7 $1,232 $3,304 $4,295 $6,112
8 $1,408 $3,677 $4,780 $6,802
Each Additional Member Add $176 Add $374 Add $486 Add $691

 

Resources
Elderly/Disabled household with Income over 185% $3,500.00 Aged/Disabled Household
Applicable only if household has an IPV (Intentional Program Violator) or head of household is work sanctioned. $2,250.00

Documents You'll Need to Apply for SNAP

This is a list of documents you will need to apply for SNAP assistance. (Some of them may not apply to you or your family.) You need to bring original documents with you. We will make copies.

You must prove your identity to the worker and provide one of the following:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Driver’s License
  • Old SNAP ID
  • School Photo ID
  • Work Photo ID
  • Voter Registration Card

You must have the Social Security Number for all household members.

You must prove where you live, unless you are homeless, with one of the following:

  • Current rent receipt showing landlord’s name & phone number, your mailing address, and amount of rent
  • Current rental assistance agreement Current mortgage statement and/or tax bill
  • Current lease
  • Utility bill

If you are not able to work for medical reasons, you must bring a doctor’s note.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you need a current I-94 or current I-551 (green card).

Resources: Only if you are an Elderly/Disabled household with Income over 185% or if household has an IPV (Intentional Program Violation) or if the head of household is work sanctioned. 

  • Bank Account (savings/checking)
  • Savings bonds
  • Money in a credit union
  • Christmas Club
  • IRA, Keogh or other investments
  • Property deed
  • Life/ medical insurance
  • Real estate (other than your home)
  • Burial plots/pre-paid funeral arrangements

Income: You must show how much, how often you receive it, and where it comes from, with any of the following that apply to you:

  • Your last 4 pay stubs, showing gross wages and deductions. If you are self- employed, last year’s tax records, with signatures.
  • Copy of pension check
  • Copy of interest statement from bank
  • Letter from employer giving amount of private disability
  • Child Support - copy of court order or letter from absent parent/copy of check stub
  • Signed/dated letter from provider of any money you receive on a regular basis
  • Property deed
  • Workers’ Compensation

Expenses: What you pay each month:

  • Rent Receipt
  • Mortgage statement
  • Home Owner’s Insurance (if not included in your mortgage)
  • Gas/Electric bill
  • Phone bill
  • Water/Sewer bill
  • Coal/Wood/Oil bills
  • Residential insurance
  • Condo fees

Medical Bills that you pay on a regular basis (only if you are over age 60 or are disabled).

Child care: If you pay for child care so you can work, go to job training or look for a job, you need a signed and dated letter from your child care provider with the following information:

  • Name of child care provider
  • Hourly /weekly/or daily fee
  • Number of hours per week they provide child care

Online

Step 1.Check your eligibility

To get SNAP benefits, your income has to be under certain limits. Check your eligibility by selecting Eligibility above. Make sure you fall under the correct income limit.

Step 2.Get your documents ready

Check the list above, Documents You'll Need to Apply for SNAP, to see what documents you'll need for your application. (Some of them may not apply to you or your family.)

Step 3.Apply Online

Go to application portal

Click "apply" on the Services box, then fill in and submit the application.

Phone

Step 1.Check your eligibility

To get SNAP benefits, your income has to be under certain limits. Check your eligibility by selecting Eligibility above. Make sure you fall under the correct income limit.

Step 2.Get your documents ready

Check the list above, Documents You'll Need to Apply for SNAP, to see what documents you'll need for your application. (Some of them may not apply to you or your family.)

Step 3.Call our office

Call our office during the hours on Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm: 973-326-7800

You'll tell us why you wish to apply for SNAP benefits. We will help you apply over the phone.

In Person

Step 1.Check your eligibility

To get SNAP benefits, your income has to be under certain limits. Check your eligibility by selecting Eligibility above. Make sure you fall under the correct income limit.

Step 2.Get your documents ready

Check the list above, Documents You'll Need to Apply for SNAP, to see what documents you'll need for your application. (Some of them may not apply to you or your family.)

You must bring original documents with you, not copies.

Step 3.Apply in person at our office

Visit our office on Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, to fill out an application:

340 W. Hanover Ave.
Morristown, NJ 07960

Once you submit your application, we will review it and will contact you.

In order to remain eligible, you must:

  • Use SNAP benefits to only purchase eligible items
  • Not put your money or possessions in someone else’s name in order to qualify for food stamps
  • Not make changes on any food stamp cards, coupons or documents
  • Not sell, trade or give away any SNAP cards, coupons or documents

 

Client Information Release Form

If you want us to be able to speak with a family member, friend, or agency on your behalf, you need to fill out the Client Information Release form.

Fill out the form online:

Fill it out on paper and mail it to us:

 

Your Rights

You have the right to:

  • Receive a SNAP application by mail or in person on the day you request to file an application.
  • Have an adult who knows your circumstances make application for you.
  • Not be interviewed before filing an application.  You need only to complete the applicant’s name and address and have the application signed by a responsible adult household member or authorized representative.
  • A home visit or telephone interview.
  • Receive SNAP benefits within seven days if you are in immediate need and qualify for expedited services.
  • Receive SNAP benefits within thirty days from your application date if you are eligible and we have received the necessary information.

Your Responsibilities

The applicant/household must:

  • Complete and sign the application, be interviewed and cooperate in the verification of information
  • Provide the agency with proof to support its income statements and cooperate in resolving any unconfirmed information
  • Cooperate in all reviews of its eligibility for benefits
  • Report changes in household circumstances, including but not limited to:
    • changes of address
    • changes in household size or composition
    • changes in income
    • increases in resources
    • changes in shelter costs
    • changes in child care costs
    • changes in medical costs