Bill Text: NJ S2889 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires DHS to develop outreach plan to inform certain students about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-17 - Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee [S2889 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-S2889-Introduced.html

SENATE, No. 2889

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED AUGUST 27, 2018

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  JOSEPH F. VITALE

District 19 (Middlesex)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires DHS to develop outreach plan to inform certain students about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

 


An Act concerning students and the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and supplementing Title 44 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a.  The Department of Human Services, in consultation with the Secretary of Higher Education, shall develop a plan to increase outreach efforts to students enrolled in institutions of higher education in the State concerning  the New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program established pursuant to the "Food and Nutrition Act of 2008," Pub.L.110-246 (7 U.S.C. s.2011 et seq.). The outreach efforts shall include compiling, preparing, and disseminating information concerning the program's eligibility requirements as they pertain to such students, as well as program benefits and application procedures.

     b.  The information shall be disseminated in a manner that aligns with the services and programs that potentially eligible students are likely to utilize or be enrolled in, including, but not limited to, financial aid, federal- or State-financed work study, campus childcare, employment and training programs that require enrollment in an institution of higher education as a component of the program, employment and training programs for low-income households operated by the State or a local government, and services or programs targeted to students with  disabilities,  students who are employed,  and non-traditional students.

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires the Department of Human Services, in consultation with the Secretary of Higher Education, to develop a plan to increase outreach efforts to students enrolled in institutions of higher education or post-secondary education in the State concerning the New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP), which provides assistance to eligible low-income families and individuals to purchase food. The outreach efforts are to include compiling, preparing, and disseminating information concerning the program's eligibility requirements as they pertain to students, program benefits and application procedures.

     The bill also requires that the information be disseminated in a manner that aligns with the services and programs that potentially eligible students are likely to utilize or be enrolled in, including, but not limited to, financial aid, federal- or State-financed work study, campus childcare, employment and training programs that require enrollment in an institution of higher education as a component of the program, employment and training programs for low-income households operated by the State or a local government, and services or programs targeted to students with disabilities, students who are employed, and non-traditional students.

     Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, SNAP benefits are distributed to recipients through EBT cards, and may be used at a network of grocery stores and farmers markets to purchase food.  The eligibility requirements for the program are largely set at the federal level and are particularly detailed where it concerns eligibility of college students.  It is the sponsor's intent that this bill increase awareness of SNAP among the population of students who may be eligible for SNAP benefits but are unaware of the program's existence or their potential eligibility.

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