Are you trying to check the balance on your New Jersey EBT Card or Families First Card? In today’s post, we will outline the ways you can find out your New Jersey EBT card balance. The New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) is responsible for administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as the Food Stamp Program. SNAP enables low-income families the ability to purchase nutritious food by providing monthly food assistance benefits. Benefits are distributed to New Jersey SNAP recipients via a plastic Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.
This post will cover:
- New Jersey EBT Payment Schedule
- How to Check New Jersey EBT Card Balance
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New Jersey EBT Payment Schedule
The New Jersey EBT Card (also known as the Families First Card) holds the food assistance benefits assigned to you each month. Your benefits will be deposited onto your EBT card according to the schedule below:
|If the 7th digit of your Case Number is||Benefits are deposited on the|
|1 or 2||1st of the month|
|3 or 4||2nd of the month|
|5 or 6||3rd of the month|
|7 or 8||4th of the month|
|9 or 0||5th of the month|
Exceptions: In Warren County, all benefits are made available on the 1st of the month
Once your benefits are deposited into your account, you can begin using them with your New Jersey EBT card to purchase eligible food items. For a full list of approved food items, see the Food Stamps Eligible Food List here.
For more information on how to check your New Jersey EBT Card Balance, please continue reading below.
How to Check New Jersey EBT Card Balance
Here’s how to check the balance on your New Jersey Families First Card.
Option 1 – Check your Last Receipt
The first option for checking your New Jersey Families First Card balance is to check your last receipt. This is the easiest and quickest way to locate the current balance on your New Jersey EBT Card.
Your balance will be listed at the bottom of your most recent grocery store or an ATM receipt. You should get in the habit of keeping your most current EBT receipt, that way, you always have a quick way to check your balance before you shop.
Option 2 – Login to your Connect EBT Account
The second option for checking your New Jersey EBT Card balance is online through the Connect EBT website.
To log in, visit the Connect EBT website here, then enter your User ID and Password. Once logged in, you’ll be able to view your current balance and transaction history. If you do not have a Connect EBT account, you can create a User Account here.
Option 3 – Check by Phone
The last option for checking your New Jersey EBT Card balance is by phone. Call the EBT Customer Service number (1-800-997-3333) on the back of your card. The Customer Service Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
After you call, enter your sixteen (16) digit EBT card number and you will hear your current food assistance or cash account balance(s).
Report a lost, stolen or damaged New Jersey EBT Card
If your card is lost, stolen or damaged call EBT Customer Service at 1-800-997-3333 right away.
New Jersey EBT Card Help
For information on how to renew your card, get the list of stores that accept EBT, and tips on how to keep your card safe and secure, visit the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) website here.
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