Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022
(a) The Families First Program is the
mandatory method of distributing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
benefits, New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP)
benefits, and child support bonus payments to eligible households. The Families
First Program is also the mandatory method of issuing General Assistance (GA)
benefits in the counties where the GA Program is administered at the county
level. Families First utilizes a technology called Electronic Benefits Transfer
(EBT). In EBT, each payee is issued a magnetic-stripe plastic card, which the
payee uses to access his or her benefits. In New Jersey this card is called the
Families First card.
(b) NJ SNAP
benefits are accessible at retailers authorized by the United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to participate in NJ
SNAP. Those retailers accept EBT transactions through Point of Sale (POS)
equipment that allows each payee to debit his or her Families First NJ SNAP
account by the amount of the NJ SNAP eligible purchase.
(c) Cash benefits are accessible at automated
teller machines (ATMs) and POS locations that display the Quest(R) symbol.
N.J. Admin. Code §
N.J.R. 2156(a), effective 11/3/2014.