Food and Nutrition: Government Programs

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, resources, etc. Learn more about income guidelines here. Read the NJ SNAP brochure in English or Spanish

NJ SNAP Accepted at  Farmers' Markets

You can now use your Family First Card to buy nutritious produce at participating farmers’ markets throughout the state.  Many farmers’ markets were not able to accept the card until recently because they didn’t have access to the electricity or telephone line needed to process transactions online.  Participating farmers have now been given the wireless equipment they need to process these transactions.  The farmers will be able to use this equipment at the various farmers’ markets around the state where they sell their produce. Find a Farmer’s Market near you. (Click on the green map in the lower right corner.)

You can apply for NJ SNAP online, by texting from your cell phone or going to your local Board of Social Services.

  1. Apply online,
  2. Text SNAP to 84700 to apply for food stamps and a hotline counselor will call you back within one business day.
  3. Apply in person at your local Board of Social Services.

For more information about NJ SNAP call the NJ SNAP Hotline:  800.687.9512.

You may be eligible for NJ WIC

WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018)
48 Contiguous States, D.C., Guam and Territories 

Family Size Annual Monthly Twice-Monthly Bi-Weekly Weekly


$12,060 $1,005 $503 $464 $232
2 $16,240 $1,354 $677 $625 $313
3 $20,420 $1,702 $851 $786 $393
4 $24,600 $2,050 $1,025 $947 $474
5 $28,780 $2,399 $1,200 $1,107 $554
6 $32,960 $2,747 $1,374 $1,268 $634
7 $37,140 $3,095 $1,548 $1,429 $715
8 $41,320 $3,444 $1,722 $1,590 $795
+1 Add $4,180 $349 $175 $161 $81


NJ WIC is a program that is designed to provide funds for the purchase of healthy food to low-income women, who are pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding infants; and their children up to age 5. 

If you are:

  • Pregnant (up to six weeks after delivery)
  • Postpartum (up to six months after delivery) 
  • Breastfeeding (up to one year if you continue breastfeeding)
  • An infant 
  • A child under five years old


  • You have a nutrition or medically related health risk 
  • Live in New Jersey (proof of residency required) 
  • Meet income guidelines (proof of income required)

If your family's gross income is less than or equal to the amount shown, you may be eligible to receive WIC benefits and services. 

WIC Offers More than Just Food 

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: 

  • Nutrition education and counseling 
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Immunization screening and referrals 
  • Referrals for free or reduced cost healthcare 
  • Referrals to health or social services for: 
    • Medicaid
    • NJ SNAP Assistance
    • Family care (healthcare)
    • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) 

When you go to apply for WIC you should bring the following documentation with you: 

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of pregnancy
  • Proof of income 
  • Proof of residency 
  • Your Healthcare Referral Form (if completed by your health care provider)
  • Your child's Universal Child Health Record (if completed by your health care provider) 
  • Your child's vaccination record 

**The adult and ALL child applicants must be present at the appointment. 

You may apply for WIC by contacting your local WIC agency/community WIC clinic site and scheduling an appointment. 

Further assistance is available by calling: 866.446.5942 (toll-free) 800.328.3838 (24-hour toll-free referral line)

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