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Government Assistance Programs 

Summer EBT

Summer EBT is a USDA, new-to-NJ child nutrition program intended to reduce hunger and food insecurity for children who lose access to free school meals during June, July and August when school is not in session. To qualify for Summer EBT, each child or children must be enrolled in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program. Families have to complete and submit a school meal application to their school no later than April 19th, 2024. Each eligible child will receive a one-time benefit of $120 on a separate EBT card mailed to the address on the School Meals Application. More information can be found at

SNAP and other Benefit Assistance:

  • Get SNAP– click here for information and the “SNAP Navigator.”  

  • Information on the Emergency Allocations for SNAP, a flyer in 21 languages on how you can check your benefit amounts can be found here  (scroll down for flyer).  

  • Or speak to the IFPO Registration Team to learn when SNAP Resource Team will be onsite at IFPO to help. 

  • Essex County residents who want to apply for SNAP food assistance, cash assistance, or NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid can also visit​

Other Help:

Community FoodBank of NJ Resource Access Team can help with SNAP. They can also make direct referrals to other agencies and submit your contact information, which they can track and help with follow-up. Call 908-838-4831, Monday through Friday 8 am -5pm. Or click here to schedule an appointment online

Input “IFPO” for the “Referring Agency Name”/“Which agency referred you to CFBNJ?”.

To find out what other food assistance programs you may be eligible for, including WIC for women and children under 5, free or reduced school meals, or the commodity supplemental food program for adults 60 years of age and over, visit to find more information and resources. You can speak to the IFPO Registration team during  pantry hours to connect with a WIC representative about accessing WIC benefits.

Utility Help

Help with Energy Bill (electric and gas): You may be eligible for assistance through the LIHEAP (Low income home energy assistance program). Information here.

Need help paying your water or sewer bill?  Although LIHWAP (Low income household water assistance program) is currently closed to new applications, visit DCAID Survey to see if you may be eligible for other DCA (NJ Department of Community Affairs) programs. 


Health Coverage for Kids Expanded: NJ FamilyCare to Cover All Kids


As of January 1, 2023, all state residents under the age of 19 qualify for health insurance coverage in New Jersey. Through its “Cover All Kids” program, the state has expanded NJ FamilyCare to every uninsured child in the state. Coverage may be through Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), depending on the family’s income. CHIP provides health coverage to children and families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but who still can't afford private coverage.


Immigration status does not matter. All children are eligible, and use of the program will not be considered a “public charge” that might affect the family’s chances to apply for a green card. NJ FamilyCare will cover the care needed to keep kids healthy, including well child visits, vaccinations (shots), and dental exams. It will also pay any costs if a child gets sick or injured. 


NJ Citizen Action, a statewide advocacy organization, came to the IFPO on March 29th to register clients’ children on-site for this coverage. Contact them if you need information or help applying for your children.

Helpful Links

  • Free Legal Advise and Assistance 

    • 888-LSNJ-LAW for telephone advise and direct referral

    • Apply online at:

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