Armato, Mazzeo & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Increase Senior Participation in State Nutrition Aid Program Clears Assembly

Looking to simplify and streamline seniors’ access to the New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the full Assembly cleared legislation 73-0-0 on Monday.

The bill (A-2281) would require the Commissioner of Human Services to review and streamline the SNAP application process for seniors. It would also require the Department of Human Services to conduct comprehensive outreach to ensure seniors are aware of their eligibility.

Sponsors of the legislation, Assembly Democrats John Armato (D-Atlantic), Vincent Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), released the following joint statement:

Less than half of New Jersey residents 60 and older who are eligible for SNAP benefits use them. This legislation looks to increase senior participation by simplifying the application process, allowing seniors to apply for SNAP through multiple points of entry, and utilizing a comprehensive community outreach and public awareness campaign.

“Taking these steps will increase the likelihood of seniors taking advantage of the SNAP benefits, so that they can maintain a healthy, nutritious diet. Access to SNAP benefits for many may also mean the difference between having food and going without.”

The measure now awaits further consideration from the Senate President.