Middlesex County Disaster Food Assistance Application Locations

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TRENTON – The Christie Administration announced that it will implement a federal food assistance benefit for individuals and families in certain counties, who are not already enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). An estimated 100,000 households hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy may be eligible for at least $200 in electronic benefits.

The Middlesex County Board of Social Services has established eight sites throughout the County – including regional sites at Middlesex County College in Edison and the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville – for residents to apply for Disaster SNAP benefits. Addresses, times and dates are listed below.

Disaster SNAP, called D-SNAP, is administered by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services through the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the counties’ Boards of Social Services. Applications for the program will begin on Monday, Nov. 26 and run for seven business days, concluding in Middlesex County on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Please be advised: All applications must be taken and received by Dec. 4 in order to be considered.

Eligible recipients will receive their benefits on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that only can be used for the purchase of grocery food items.

“Now that New Jerseyans have power restored and most are returned to their homes, the tally of costs associated with cleanup and rebuilding are mounting,” said DHS Commissioner Jennifer Velez. “By providing D-SNAP in the counties that suffered the worst damage, we ensure that people who were struggling financially before the storm, and who now have these unexpected expenses, at least can buy food.”

Application rules and eligibility for D-SNAP have been modified based on lessons learned after Tropical Storm Irene in September 2011. Misinformation about the program caused long lines at designated application sites and created a potential for fraudulent activity. This year, strict criteria must be met in order for people to qualify.

“We know that millions of people throughout the state were without power and as a result lost perishable food supplies, but D-SNAP is a federal safety-net subsidy available only to people who are at risk for hunger because their disaster-recovery expenses have left them without enough money to buy food,” added Velez.

Current SNAP recipients should not apply for this program because they already received a 30 percent October replacement allocation on their EBT card and will receive a supplemental benefit by Dec. 7, 2012.

Applicants must go to the D-SNAP location in their own county. However, displaced residents can apply in the county where they are currently staying. Residents are strongly encouraged to take note of the required criteria in order to ensure eligibility. For a list of sites, go to www.njsnap.org.

Under the new rules, applicants must provide:

  • Identification and proof of residency – a driver’s license, for example, would serve as both.
  • Pay stubs and bank statements (cash, checking and savings) for the 30 days from Oct. 28 through Nov. 26. Under the guidelines, for a family of one, the income limit is $2,268 with a benefit of $200; a family of two is $2,965 limit with a $367 benefit; a family of three is $3,416 limit with a $526 benefit; and, a family of four is $4,034 limit with a $668 benefit.
  • Receipts that show more than $100 spent on disaster-related expenses between Oct. 28 and Nov. 26. The cost of replacing food cannot be included in the $100, but restaurant expenses are allowed. Related expenses may include:
  • Temporary shelter in a motel
  • Home/business repairs
  • Evacuation expenses
  • Disaster clean up
  • Disaster-related vehicle repairs
  • Gasoline for a generator
  • Replacement of personal items, such as clothing or household items, such as appliances, tools, educational materials.

If any of the purchases were charged to a credit card, the resident must be able to document that they paid the credit card bill for these items by Nov. 26.

The Middlesex County Board of Social Services has established the following intake sites.

Sites will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Some municipalities are listed at multiple sites; residents may visit either site. If any resident cannot visit an assigned site, he or she may visit any location listed for the County.

There is also a breakdown alphabetically to assist residents in applying. Residents should attempt to apply on the assigned day.

Any questions can be directed to the Board of Social Services at 732-745-3500.

MIDDLESEX COUNTY COLLEGE (Serving ALL municipalities)
Student Center Room 100
Edison, NJ
11/26/12 Names beginning with A-M
11/27/12 Names beginning with N-Z
11/28/12 Names beginning with A-M
11/29/12 Names beginning with N-Z
11/30/12 Names beginning with A-M
12/03/12 Names beginning with N-Z
12/04/12 * Anyone who needs to apply can apply on this date.

MIDDLESEX COUNTY FIRE ACADEMY (Serving: Carteret, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy, South River and Woodbridge)
1001 Fire Academy Drive
Sayreville, NJ
11/26/12 Room 2B Names beginning with A-M
11/27/12 Room 3B Names beginning with N-Z
11/28/12 Room 3B Names beginning with A-M

SAYREVILLE MUNICIPAL BUILDING (Serving: Carteret, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy, South River and Woodbridge)
Lower Level Conference Room
167 Main Street
Sayreville, NJ
11/29/12 Names beginning with N-Z
11/30/12 Names beginning with A-M
12/3/12 Names beginning with N-Z
12/4/12 * Anyone who needs to apply can apply on this date.

MONROE TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY CENTER (Serving: Cranbury, Jamesburg, Monroe, Plainsboro and South Brunswick)
120 Monmouth Road
Monroe, NJ
11/26/12 Names beginning with A-M
11/27/12 Names beginning with N-Z
11/28/12 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Names beginning with A-M
11/29/12 Names beginning with N-Z
11/30/12 Names beginning with A-M
12/03/12 Names beginning with N-Z
12/04/12 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. * Anyone who needs to apply can apply on this date.

OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL COMPLEX (Serving: Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge)
1 Old Bridge Plaza
Old Bridge, NJ
11/26/12 Names beginning with A-M
11/27/12 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Names beginning with N-Z
11/28/12 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Names beginning with A-M
11/29/12 Names beginning with N-Z
11/30/12 Names beginning with A-M
12/03/12 Names beginning with N-Z
12/04/12 * Anyone who needs to apply can apply on this date.

PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP HEALTH CENTER (Serving: Dunellen, Middlesex Borough, Piscataway and South Plainfield
455 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ
11/26/12 Names beginning with A-M
11/27/12 Names beginning with N-Z
11/28/12 Names beginning with A-M
11/29/12 Names beginning with N-Z
11/30/12 Names beginning with A-M
12/03/12 Names beginning with N-Z
12/04/12 * Anyone who needs to apply can apply on this date.

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BOARD OF SOCIAL SERVICES MAIN OFFICE (Serving ALL municipalities)
181 How Lane
New Brunswick, NJ
11/26/12 Names beginning with A-M
11/27/12 Names beginning with N-Z
11/28/12 Names beginning with A-M
11/29/12 Names beginning with N-Z
11/30/12 Names beginning with A-M
12/03/12 Names beginning with N-Z
12/04/12 * Anyone who needs to apply can apply on this date.

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BOARD OF SOCIAL SERVICES SATELLITE OFFICE (Serving: Carteret, Perth Amboy and South Amboy)
1 Olive Street
Perth Amboy, NJ
11/26/12 Names beginning with A-M
11/27/12 Names beginning with N-Z
11/28/12 Names beginning with A-M
11/29/12 Names beginning with N-Z
11/30/12 Names beginning with A-M
12/03/12 Names beginning with N-Z
12/04/12 * Anyone who needs to apply can apply on this date.


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