Changes in the Food Stamps regulations and eligibility criteria will
make more people eligible to receive assistance and help families to buy
Last year, two major changes were made to the Food Stamp Program to
help families in need. All Food Stamp recipients now receive a higher
utility deduction, which enables more families to get a greater amount
in Food Stamp assistance. In addition, certification periods were
extended for up to 24 months, which means that recipients don’t need to
visit the Social Services office as often. This saves money on
transportation and requires less time taken off from work to keep
Changes made in the 2010 regulations increase the maximum income limits.
Below are the new income levels by household size effetctive April 2010.
People in Household Gross Monthly Income
additional household member +$577
Another change for those who meet the income eligibility is that having
a checking and savings account, including Certificates of Deposit
(CD’s), stocks and even bonds, does not automatically make someone
ineligible for assistance.
There are two Internet tools available to find out if you may be
eligible to receive help. By going to www.NJHelps.org,
residents can use a free and confidential web tool to see if they are
likely to be eligible for Food Stamps, along with 30 other social
services programs. If it appears likely that the individual or family is
eligible for Food Stamps, there is a link directly to an online
application. The other option is to go directly to the online Food Stamp
application at www.njfoodstamps.com
to apply for assistance online.
Sussex County residents in need of help may also contact the Sussex
County Department of Human Services, Division of Social Services directly at (973) 383-3600 or go to
the Social Services office located on the second floor at 83 Spring Street, in Newton.