NJ Human Services Provides Additional Pandemic Food Assistance Benefits for Eligible Children
August 4th, 2022
(TRENTON) – Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman today announced that the Department is delivering Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) food assistance benefits to children under the age of 6 and will send benefits to school-age children in September.
P-EBT helps families buy food for children under the age of 6 who receive the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) Benefits, and school-age children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
“Families feel the pinch every time they go shopping,” said Commissioner Adelman. “We are happy to be able provide additional food benefits to eligible families to help with this essential expense and ensure children continue to have access to healthy food.”
“Access to healthy eating is important for all families,” said Deputy Commissioner of Social Services Elisa Neira. “This latest round of food assistance benefits continues the Department’s work to support families and provide access to nutritious food as part of the Murphy Administration’s efforts to make life more affordable for New Jerseyans.”
Children under 6 years old enrolled in SNAP
P-EBT benefits for families with children under the age of 6 already enrolled in SNAP began being added to their Families First EBT cards on July 30.
Payments will continue to be added to EBT cards for each eligible month in the days ahead, with all funds added by August 12.
About $54 million in total benefits will be delivered to 163,722 eligible children to improve nutritional support.
Beneficiaries can check their Families First account balance by visiting www.NJFamiliesFirst.com or by calling the phone number on the back of your card.
P-EBT benefits for school-age children are provided to eligible children during the summer months following a school year during which there was a COVID-19 public health emergency. The $391 summer P-EBT benefit will be awarded in September to eligible children in grades K-12 beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, who were approved for free or reduced-price school meals through the NSLP.
For children in households that are already enrolled in SNAP, benefits will be loaded directly into Families First EBT card. For children who are not enrolled in SNAP and received P-EBT benefits during the school year, a new P-EBT card will be mailed to the address provided by the child’s school.
Visit here for more information about the P-EBT program. Anyone who has questions about their benefits can fill out an online consultation form.
Before this round Human Services had Already issued on $1.12 bmillion in P-EBT benefits during the pandemic.
P-EBT benefits can be used on participating SNAP EBT retailers and online at Amazon and participating ALDI locations, BJ’s, Food Bazaar, Price Rite, Sam’s Club, little shop, stop and shop, food Super City, The Cool Grocer, WalmartWegmans and Weis Markets.
“We encourage residents in need of food assistance to visit and apply for SNAP online at www.NJHelps.org,” said Deputy Commissioner Natasha Johnson, who heads the Human Services Division of Family Development, which is responsible for the SNAP program.
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