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Union County Hurricane Victims May Be Eligible For Food Benefit

Income eligible residents may apply in person from September 12th to 20th at County Social Services Buildings in Elizabeth and Plainfield and temporary site in Rahway

UNION COUNTY, NJ— County residents who suffered losses due to Hurricane Irene may be eligible for a one-time food benefit ranging from $200 to a maximum of $1202, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced.

Residents meeting the Federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program income guidelines (see enclosure for guidelines) can apply from Monday, September 12th at three locations including: Union County’s Social Services offices in Elizabeth and Plainfield along with a temporary site at 65 East Cherry Street that has been established specifically for this purpose.

“There are many residents who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Irene and need help to make ends meet,” Freeholder Chairwoman Deborah Scanlon said. “We certainly encourage those who are in need and may be eligible to apply for food assistance.”

The amount of the assistance varies according to gross monthly income to family size. County social services staff has received training from the State and will assist eligible residents in completing a short application. If approved, the benefit will be electronically applied to a debit/credit card and will be available within three days of completing the application.

Click here to view the Income Eligibility Standards and Allotments Chart

For residents already receiving SNAP benefits, the one-time benefit will be applied to their cards. All three sites will be open to take applications Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The Elizabeth Social Services Building is located at 342 Westminster Avenue in Elizabeth.

The Plainfield Social Services Building is located at 200 West Second Street in Plainfield. 908-757-9090

65 East Cherry Street in Rahway.