Essex County Dept of Citizen Services

18 Rector Street
Newark, NJ - 07102

(973) 733-3000

Sometimes people feel that they shouldn't need help to put food on the table, but sometimes it's a struggle to make ends meet.  If you're not sure how or whether you can pay for your next meal or next week's groceries, New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can help.

NJ SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, is New Jersey's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that can help low-income families buy the groceries they need to eat healthy.

To pre-screen for SNAP or other social service programs in New Jersey,

click here. It's a quick and easy way to find out if you can get help. With an online application, you will spend less time in the office interviewing (if you are unable to go to county social services due to illness or disability) Committee, you may send an authorized representative to represent you or request a phone interview).

You can also apply by fax or post to your local county social welfare office.

After receiving the application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview to confirm the information about the application.

Also, note that households where all members are applicants or recipients of Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) may apply for an NJ SNAP at the same time as applying for an SSI.

NJ SNAP benefits are issued via the easy-to-use "Families First" electronic benefits card.

You can sign up for NJ SNAP:

> Click online, click here.

> Or in person in your

Municipal Social Welfare Agency - Social Services Council

You must fill out the application form and bring the various documents with you.

> Snap Standard Utility Allowance of New Jersey - Federal Guide (PDF)

New Jersey SNAP Utilities Poster (PDF)

- English and Spanish

New Jersey SNAP Brochure - October 2016 (PDF)

> English > Spanish

Opening times: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday by appointment only, (973) 733-2001, hours from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The office is closed to the public on the third Thursday of each month.

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