Food stamps are one of the most common forms of assistance used by many low-income households in the United States.
They are often used to supplement the income of households that do not have access to adequate housing.
But New Jerseyans are not eligible for these benefits.
That’s because the state is a cash-only jurisdiction and many low income households are ineligible for the program.
The federal government does provide a limited number of other forms of welfare assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), but they are only available to people who live in households with incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level.
For many low incomes, the lack of an easy way to get these food stamps is the most important barrier to access.
For those of us living in a state that has not yet fully adopted a cashless economy, getting food stamps from the food pantry has become a major obstacle to our daily lives.
For many, the food bank experience is not always pleasant and there are times when we feel the need to put our own money away and put on a brave face.
Below are the best tips on how to get the most out of your food stamps.1.
Know your eligibility for food stampsIn New Jersey, food stamps are not given out as vouchers, and they are not available to all households.
This is why, for most people, it is best to get a copy of your Social Security or Medicare card or proof of income from your employer.
If you are a married couple, you may be able to apply for SNAP benefits through your state-based employment benefits office.
You may also need to contact your local public assistance agency for assistance with the application process.
If you are unsure about whether you are eligible for food assistance, check with your local government or the state welfare office.
The New Jersey Department of Social Services (DSS) can assist you in this regard.
You can also find out if you qualify by asking a food bank employee.
They will help you decide if you should get food assistance and also give you tips on what to do when you run into trouble with the SNAP program.2.
Check your income tax returnIf you have a valid Social Security number, the New Jersey income tax returns can be viewed online.
However, if you do not, you should not rely on this to find out whether you qualify for food stamp benefits.
The DSS provides free online tax return information and online tools to help you find out more about your income.3.
Know which food banks are availableIn many states, food banks provide their own food to the hungry.
However in New Jersey the most popular food banks in New York and New Jersey are operated by the New York State Food Bank Association (NYSFFBA).
These food banks typically offer more basic food items like soup, bread, salad and baked goods to low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.
You will also need a copy from your local food bank or a copy obtained from the New Brunswick Food Bank to apply.4.
Get your SNAP benefits mailed to youIf you live in New Brunswick, your local SNAP office may mail you a SNAP benefit application or application for assistance to your mailing address.
You can also request this online.5.
Don’t wait to applyIf you cannot get food from a local food panty, you can still get assistance through a SNAP-authorized local service provider.
There are several service providers who are authorized to administer SNAP benefits in New Hampshire, including the New Hampshire Food Bank, the Central New York Food Bank and the New Bedford Food Bank.
The food bank is also authorized to help those who cannot afford to pay for the food.
However the local service providers are generally more experienced and have greater experience with SNAP than the other two food banks.
The services provided by these agencies are more extensive than those offered by the SNAP-authorized local service.
If the services are not sufficient to meet your needs, you will need to seek help from another provider.6.
Ask your state welfare agencyFor many New Jerseyers, the SNAP benefits process is complicated and frustrating.
Some are hesitant to apply or are intimidated by the process.
If your situation is similar to this, you might also want to check with the local government agency to make sure they can help you.
If your state does not offer SNAP benefits to you, you need to call the New England Community Food Bank (NECFB) or your local social service agency for more information.
This service will help direct you to the appropriate SNAP office for your specific situation.
If all else fails, you could seek out a financial assistance counselor to help navigate the SNAP application process and make sure that you are not receiving food assistance in the wrong form.
This can be a challenging and frustrating process for those who do not know how to apply online.