NJ Human Services Expands SNAP Navigator Program to All 21 Counties
SNAP Navigators Assist with SNAP Application & Can Help SNAP Participants Keep their Benefits
TRENTON, NJ (December 16, 2022) – Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman today announced that the Department has made more Navigators available in more counties to help individuals who want to apply or already participate in the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
SNAP Navigators can help answer questions about the SNAP food assistance program, and can help people apply for SNAP benefits. Previously, SNAP Navigators from three agencies served portions of the state. Now, there are 11 agencies with SNAP Navigators available to assist residents throughout New Jersey, with one more agency starting this service in January 2023.
“Families struggling to put food on the table should not also struggle to access help. Now in every county, SNAP navigators are a free and confidential one-stop to help New Jerseyans access food assistance. By expanding this service, vital SNAP assistance is more reachable for all New Jersey families,” said Commissioner Adelman.
Here are the SNAP Navigators by county. You can also find this list and other helpful tips on how to get SNAP online at NJSNAP.gov.
|Areas Served||SNAP Navigator Organization Name||Email Address||Phone Number|
|Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset & Union||Community FoodBank of New Jersey||SNAPOutreach@cfbnj.org||1-908-838-4831|
|Monmouth & Ocean||Fulfill||SNAP@fulfill.org
Gloucester & Salem
|Food Bank of South Jerseyemail@example.com||1-856-324-5173|
|Edison Township (Middlesex) and southern New Jersey||Tzu Chifirstname.lastname@example.org||1-973-857-8666|
|Asbury Park||Mercy Center||SNAP@mercycenternj.org||1-732-774-9397|
|Mercer||United Way of Greater Mercer Countyemail@example.com||609-637-4915|
|Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA||Support@ccaymca.org||856-691-0030 ext. 107|
|Raritan Bay Area YMCA||SNAPoutreach@rbaymca.org||
|Sussex||Sussex County YMCA||SNAP@metroymcas.org||973-209-9622|
|Mercer||Hamilton Area YMCA||Info@hamiltonymca.org||609-581-9622 ext. 122|
|Middlesex||Raritan Valley YMCAfirstname.lastname@example.org||732-257-4114
|Hunterdon, Sussex, Warren||Norwescap||Coming January 2023|
“We are very appreciative of the partnership we have with the agencies serving as SNAP Navigators. They not only provide direct assistance to eligible families and individuals, they also raise awareness through community education events about SNAP. Through these efforts, we hope to link more individuals to food assistance,” said Deputy Commissioner of Social Services Elisa Neira.
“Along with our new streamlined online application, the expansion of the SNAP Navigator program will help to make food available to more SNAP eligible New Jersey residents struggling to buy groceries.” said Assistant Commissioner Natasha Johnson, who directs Human Services’ Division of Family Development, which is responsible for the SNAP program.
The Department recently commemorated Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which ran Nov. 12-20, with a series of videos highlighting SNAP, SNAP-Ed, SNAP Navigators and the Food Bank of South Jersey to raise awareness about the supports and services available to individuals and families in need of food assistance. The videos can be viewed on the DHS YouTube channel.
For more information about SNAP, visit NJSNAP.gov.
As of November 2022, there are around 745,000 individuals enrolled in SNAP.
The Murphy administration has made fighting hunger and strengthening food security a top priority. Human Services has distributed more than $2 billion in additional monthly SNAP payments to help low-income families afford food and other essentials. New Jersey is the first state to set a SNAP minimum benefit of $50, which required an $18 million investment in State funds. This year, the Department also forgave debt for certain families previously enrolled in public benefit programs, like SNAP, as consistent with federal rules. The intent of the initiative was to help ease the financial burden this debt posed for thousands of families and allow them to achieve greater economic stability.