The legislation (A5086) to increase the minimum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments in the Garden State was just signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey.
Food stamps are now known by their new acronym, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
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Every SNAP household in New Jersey will receive a minimum of $95 per month in benefits beginning on March 1st. This represents a $45 dollar increase over the initial state minimum that was established the previous year.
Murphy noted that the temporary increase in SNAP payments provided by the federal government (which began when the COVID outbreak began) would be coming to an end on February 28.
“We are unable to turn a blind eye to the huge impact that this will have on homes and communities across the entirety of our state,” “he said.
“There should never be a time when somebody has to worry about where their next meal is going to come from.
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New Jersey is leading the nation in ensuring that families have the support they need to continue putting food on the table by mandating that all participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) get a minimum monthly payment of $95.
Maintain the Status Quo of Placing Food on the Table.
Here is where you may check to see if you are qualified to get SNAP assistance.
The governor stated that households that are certified for SNAP benefits of less than $95 per month will receive their regular federal benefit in addition to an additional state supplement to bring them up to the new minimum value.
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There are 64,000 households in New Jersey that participate in SNAP.
Craig Coughlin, a Democrat from Middlesex, is the speaker of the New Jersey Assembly. He stated that “we know overwhelmingly that a better nourished and more food secure New Jersey makes for a stronger one.”