NJ highlights SNAP as a way to help those in need get more food on the table

David Madden
November 09, 2019 - 4:00 am
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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Thanksgiving is not that far off. With that in mind, New Jersey is stepping up efforts to get people in need to sign up for a food assistance program. 

SNAP, short for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, used to be commonly called food stamps.  

It’s federally funded but run by states and in New Jersey, over 700,000 people are getting help from 6,000 retailers statewide.

"We know food is not just about nutrition," Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson said. "It’s also about making sure kids perform well in school. It’s making sure people are healthy. It makes such a difference in people’s lives."

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During SNAP awareness week, state and county agencies will be highlighting just what the program does. The thought is you get more people involved over the holidays, and that’ll help year-round. 

"We shouldn’t have seniors who are choosing between whether or not they can buy groceries and pay for their prescription bill or families who are, like, skipping a rent payment so they can put food on the table when we have a program that could help," Johnson added.

There are annual income limits to qualify, ranging from $23,000 for an individual to over $39,000 for a family of three. You can apply or get more information through your county social services agency or online.