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It may surprise you to know that New Jersey, a state that has the highest population density in the United States, has one of the lowest rates of participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal food stamp program. Many people do not know they qualify to receive this benefit, which can be used at grocery stores and many farmers markets.

That's why The Food Bank of South Jersey joined a state and nationwide effort to offer SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) outreach. This program is designed specifically to assist people who might qualify for food stamps but who are confused by, or fearful of, the application process.

Working with the County Board of Social Services and local organizations, the FBSJ outreach coordinator visits pantries, soup kitchens, missions, shelters, community centers, etc., to ensure that food stamp benefits are applied for and retained by those who qualify.

About half the individuals who benefit from SNAP are children. The assistance is temporary; approximately 50% of participants leave the program after 10 months. While the program helps families get back on their feet, food stamp benefits go to work in American communities. Every $5 of SNAP benefits spent stimulates $9 in community spending.

For more information about our SNAP outreach program, please contact Robyn Lockett, 856-662-4884