NEWARK, NJ — For Newark residents, having access to the largest federal nutrition program has still meant leaving your home to shop during a COVID-19 state of emergency.
That will change in a week’s time.
Residents enrolled in New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) statewide will be able to use their benefit cards to purchase groceries online with Amazon starting May 27 and with participating Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers starting May 28.
“Online grocery shopping is another important step in our efforts to get affordable groceries to New Jerseyans during this public health emergency,” Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson said. “Having the option to order groceries online is more important than ever, as we all work together to stay-at-home as much as possible.
The program serves roughly 700,000 people in the state, including 356,000 households. SNAP benefits are based on the size of the household and income.
“We hope that the launch of SNAP online grocery shopping promotes equity by providing participants access to a convenient tool that many New Jerseyans are already using to comply with the stay-at-home order,” said Johnson.
"For those New Jersey families who may have difficulty getting to the grocery store - and that may be for a variety of different reasons -- using SNAP benefits online can make the basics of feeding yourself or your family a little less complicated,” said Human Services Assistant Commissioner Natasha Johnson, who directs the Division of Family Development that oversees NJ SNAP. "We continue to urge residents to visit njhelps.org to learn more and apply for food assistance and other benefits."