UNION COUNTY, NJ - Senator Raymond J. Lesniak will join with Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen, Sheriff Joe Cryan, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, social service, community leaders and clergy in announcing the kick-off of a pilot job placement/training program for all NJ SNAP recipients, including residents of Union County.

The jobs program, which is being run through two non-profit agencies, will service four counties, including Union, Essex, Hudson and Passaic Counties. The program is the result of legislation authored by Lesniak in 2013 and would enable NJ SNAP recipients to keep their food allowances by participating in either a jobs training program, or by getting a job, depending on salary. The program is funded from private and non-profit donors that were matched through the federal government, at no additional cost to the state.

The County of Union will also announce a series of dates to inform SNAP clients of the Christie Administration’s potential change to their benefits. The Christie Administration announced in December that would stop seeking a waiver for "able-bodied" adults without dependents, ending NJ SNAP benefits for more than 11,000 statewide, and as many as 1,500 in Union County. 

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NJ SNAP, formerly Food Stamps, is a nutrition assistance program intended to help low-income individuals and families buy groceries needed to stay healthy. Most SNAP recipients must comply with specific work requirements including participation in employment and training.

DATE:             WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9th

TIME:              11:30 a.m.

PLACE:           AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL LEARNING CENTER, 460-474 Spring Street (Routes 1 and 9 north), Elizabeth, NJ (parking on site and across at lot in Siloam Hope Presbyterian Church)