Union County Residents Affected By Hurricane Can Apply For One-Time Food Benefit

UNION COUNTY — Residents who suffered losses due to Hurricane Irene may be eligible for a one-time food benefit ranging from $200 to a maximum of $1202, officials announced today.

Residents meeting the Federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program income guidelines can apply at one of three locations: Union County’s “One Stop” Centers through the Division of Social Services in Elizabeth and Plainfield, as well as a temporary site in Rahway, beginning Monday, Sept. 12.


The amount of the assistance varies according to gross monthly income to family size. County social services staff has received training from the state and will assist eligible residents in completing a short application. If approved, the benefit will be electronically applied to a debit/credit card and will be available within three days of completing the application.

For residents already receiving SNAP benefits, the one-time benefit will be applied to their cards. All three sites will be open to take applications Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Elizabeth One Stop Center is located at 921 Elizabeth Avenue in Elizabeth. 908-558-8000
The Plainfield One Stop Center is located at 200 West Second Street in Plainfield. 908-757-9090
65 East Cherry Street in Rahway.

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