A new piece of legislation in New Jersey aims to aid low-income families and alleviate food insecurity in the state.
In a recent bill, A-5086, signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy, the state of New Jersey set a minimum monthly benefit of $95 for each SNAP-eligible household. When compared to the previous low, which was $50, this is a significant decrease.
Since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic first emerged, the federal government has provided emergency food aid to those in need. There would have been a significant drop in SNAP benefits for many families if the extra payments had been halted on February 28, 2023.
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Nonetheless, under the new law, people will get not just their usual federal benefits but also a boost from the state, bringing their total to the new minimum of $95.
As a result of changes to SNAP benefits, the New Jersey Department of Human Services and the Office of the Food Security Advocate have been making efforts to inform the public.
The division just released a massive communication drive with features including webinars, in-person workshops, and translated materials. All SNAP households will begin receiving letters next week outlining the benefit adjustment.
Beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are urged to verify their benefits by either going online or calling (800) 997-3333. The state will collaborate with interested parties to spread the word about the availability of new food sources and the best ways for citizens to make use of them.
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Modifying SNAP is only one way that California is working to alleviate poverty and help its citizens. The higher minimum will also help grocery stores, which may have suffered a drop in foot traffic due to the reduction in benefits.
Application for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can be made through the official SNAP website, through local social service offices, over the phone, or with the help of a SNAP Navigator.