The Princeton Human Services office will assist Princeton residents with applying for General Assistance, NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits and Medicaid. General Assistance, SNAP Benefits and Medicaid are administered through Mercer County Board of Social Services.

NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP)

NJ SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, provides food benefits, access to a healthy diet, and education on food preparation and nutrition to low-income households. To qualify for the program, applicants must fall within the income limit. See attached.

Emergency SNAP Extra Benefit:

Due to a recent change in federal law, the extra temporary benefits SNAP recipients have received, known as SNAP Emergency Allotments, are ending. This means you will receive your regular SNAP benefit starting March 1, 2023. The minimum monthly SNAP benefit in New Jersey is now $95. For more information about these changes, visit the SNAP COVID page.

General Assistance

These benefits include, but are not limited to: essential food, clothing, shelter and household furnishings; temporary rental assistance or back rent or mortgage payments; utility payments (such as heat, water, electric); transportation to search for housing; and moving expenses. To qualify for the program, applicants must fall within the income limit.

Medicaid/NJ FamilyCare

Medicaid provides health insurance to parents/caretakers and dependent children, pregnant women, and people who are aged, blind or disabled. These programs pay for hospital services, doctor visits, prescriptions, nursing home care and other healthcare needs, depending on what program a person is eligible for. 

As of January 1, 2023 children under 19 may now apply for NJ FamilyCare regardless of their immigration status. All other requirements for NJ FamilyCare still apply. 

Apply Online

To apply online for General Assistance, NJ SNAP and/or Medicaid (NJ FamilyCare) visit: https://www.njhelps.gov/

Other Services Available

If you do not meet the criteria for the General Assistance and/or you are a family wishing to apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) please contact the Mercer County Board of Social Services at 609-989-4320 or 609-989-4491 or toll-free at 800-564-1595 or visit https://www.njhelps.gov/