OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assemblywoman Joann Downey released the following statement lauding the $70 million in additional NJ SNAP benefits announced by the New Jersey Department of Human Services this past week:
"At a critical time in our state's history, when a crisis is threatening to upend millions of New Jerseyans' lives, it's never been more important to step forward and make sure everyone is cared for," said Downey (D-Freehold), who serves as Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee. "I'm grateful to the Governor and Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson for the important work they're doing to help vulnerable households put food on the table, and look forward to working alongside our friends in the administration to make sure no person is left behind during this challenging time."
According to the announcement, many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive an extra benefit payment and their benefits will be higher in April to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sunday, March 29, $35 million in supplemental payments were provided to approximately 205,000 New Jersey households enrolled in NJ SNAP. April benefits also will be increased by $35 million for these households. Supplemental benefits will be directly loaded to NJ SNAP recipients’ Families First EBT cards.