Food Programs and Community Resources
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Fresh Food Resources in the Garden State
Our state is filled with roadside markets and community farmers markets that sell fresh produce and offer opportunities to pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. Find out where they are located.
Free Fresh Fruits and Veggies are available in limited locations in our state. Fresh For All is a free produce market that sets up at the same locations every week at the same time. It is open to all in need of food. No ID or income verification is required.
NJ SNAP - New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
You may be eligible for help with the high cost of food through NJ SNAP. If you meet income eligibility requirements, you may receive assistance that will enable you to buy healthy food from many stores. Assistance is available to households of all descriptions, including families, couples without children, individuals, seniors, disabled persons, legal immigrants, and victims of family violence. Eligibility depends on several factors like income, household size, and resources. Learn more about NJ SNAP. Take a short screening to see if your family qualifies. Read the NJ SNAP brochure.
Provided through NJ SNAP, the Family First Card can be used to buy nutritious produce at participating farmers’ markets throughout the state. There may be others, but a listing of Farmers' Markets that accept NJ SNAP can be found here.
You can apply for NJ SNAP online or through your local Board of Social Services. For more information about NJ SNAP, call the NJ SNAP Information Number: 800.687.9512.
Food for Women, Infants and Children through WIC
New Jersey WIC services are available to families with low or no income as well as families experiencing unemployment, military deployment and other short-term family financial hardships. Learn about eligibility and application requirements here.
The benefits and services available through this program go beyond the WIC checks you will receive to purchase nutritious food at the grocery store. If you are eligible, you will also receive:
Food Programs for School Age Children
Healthy food is available free or at low-cost to school children in some areas. To find out if your school offers breakfast or lunch programs like this, contact your local school district and ask to speak with someone about nutrition programs that are available through the school.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that its program providing free breakfasts and lunches to children will continue through the 2021-22 school year until June 30, 2022. The Seamless Summer Option program (SSO) lets families pick up free food from their local school district, even if they do not qualify for free and reduced-price meals.
When school lets out for the summer a child's need for food does not go away. Summer Food Programs bridge the gap. Learn about Summer Food Programs for children.
Food Programs for Elderly New Jersey Residents
Many senior clubs and centers offer food programs. Learn more about food programs for senior citizens.