New Jersey residents who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are getting an increase in benefits starting this month, with the minimum SNAP benefit now rising to $50 per month.
The increase in SNAP benefits was included in a bill passed late last year by the New Jersey Legislature which established the State SNAP Minimum Benefit Program to ensure that all SNAP households receive a minimum monthly benefit of $50.
Under the program, the state would distribute to each eligible household a monthly State SNAP benefit equal to the difference between the household’s federal SNAP monthly benefit and $50.
These supplemental funds are being provided with State funds, since the federal government sets the average monthly SNAP benefit amount based on a number of factors, such as household size, and household annual income and resources.
However, state revenues will also increase, since the federal government provides a 50 percent match for State administrative costs for SNAP.
New Jersey serves about 769,000 New Jerseyans in about 397,000 households