When To Expect New Jersey (NJ SNAP) Payments in December and How To Get EBT Discounts

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New Jersey’s supplemental nutritional assistance program, NJ SNAP, provides food assistance to low-income families to help them shop for groceries. SNAP is a federal program, but administered at the state level by the New Jersey Department of Human Services. NJ SNAP benefits are paid on the same monthly schedule based on the seventh digit of your case number, including December 2022.

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NJ SNAP benefits are paid to a Families First Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which works just like a debit card. The Families First EBT card can be used in most supermarkets and some participating farmers’ markets. Your benefits can also be used online, but check with your local retailer for online availability.

To find out where you can use your NJ SNAP benefits, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s SNAP Retailer Locator. Click on “Enter the SNAP Retailer Locator” and enter your address. Visit here for a list of markets that accept NJ SNAP benefits.

According to the New Jersey Department of Human Services, your NJ SNAP benefits can be used to purchase the following:

  • Fruit and vegetables

  • Beans, fish, poultry, meat

  • Rice, bread, tortillas, cornflakes

  • Milk and cheese

  • Seeds and plants that produce food

However, there are restrictions on what you can buy. NJ SNAP benefits cannot be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco, cigarettes, non-food items, vitamins or medications. While permitted in states participating in the Restaurant Meals program, the purchase of hot and prepared foods or meals with SNAP benefits is prohibited in New Jersey.

How to Score EBT Discounts

SNAP benefits also come with other benefits. Here are a few extra bargains you can get with your New Jersey Families First EBT card:

  • Amazon Prime Discount: Recipients of NJ SNAP and SNAP EBT Cash benefits (or Medicaid benefits) may be eligible to save 50% on their Prime membership. Visit amazon.com/prime/qualify to see if you qualify.

  • Museum discounts: Those who receive NJ SNAP benefits can receive free or discounted admission to hundreds of museums and art groups across the US, including through the Museums for All program. However, Food Stamps Now stated that no museum in New Jersey currently participates in the program, so your EBT card can only be used in other states for a discount.

  • Farmers Markets: You can also use your Families First EBT card at participating farmers’ markets to purchase fresh produce. The USDA’s Food Nutrition Service (FNS) provides a monthly list of the names and locations of markets around the country that are currently authorized to accept SNAP benefits.

  • Internet and calling: Through the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), eligible NJ SNAP recipients can receive discounts of up to $30 per month on internet services and up to $75 per month for households in eligible tribal lands. SNAP households may also qualify for free or low-cost landline or cell phone service through the Federal Lifeline Program. Consult your service provider for more information.

  • School meals: Those receiving NJ SNAP benefits may also have children who qualify for free breakfast, lunch, and snacks at a reduced cost at school.

  • Help with energy at home: NJ SNAP recipients may qualify for energy assistance through Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) and the Universal Service Fund (USF) programs. New Jersey also has a SNAP utility to help offset energy costs. You do not need to apply for SNAP-UP; if you qualify, you will automatically receive a $21 payment on your Families First card.

You can apply for NJ SNAP through your County Welfare Agency or online. Click here to check your eligibility, apply online or download an application to apply in person.

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NJ SNAP benefits are sent over the first five calendar days of the month, based on the seventh digit of your case number. However, there is one exception. In Warren County, all distributions are mailed on the first of the month. Here is the deposit schedule for December 2022:

Case number ends with:

Benefits available:

1 or 2

December 1st

3 or 4

December 2

5 or 6

December 3

7 or 8

December 4

9 or 0

5th of December

All SNAP recipients, including those receiving NJ SNAP benefits, will receive a financial boost thanks to a major cost-of-living (COLA) adjustment for fiscal year 2023. The COLA went into effect October 1, 2022 and will increase the maximum monthly payment by 12.5%.

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