SNAP, Health Insurance, Tax Prep and Job Skills


Benefits Assistance is available year-round for all benefits at:

  • The BEAT Center, 1769 Hooper Ave., Toms River, Mondays and Fridays 8:30 am – 4:30pm (evening hours by appointment).
  • The Financial Success Center, Freehold Raceway Mall, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am – 7pm.

Food Stamps (SNAP)

SNAP, like other benefits, help people get through some rough patches in life, by providing additional money each month to buy food. The FoodBank’s trained outreach specialists help people to apply for food stamps at pantries, health clinics, and other community centers. They can answer questions, see if you may be eligible, explain the process and help you apply immediately.

Questions?

Besides income requirements, there are other eligibility requirements.  You can apply online at www.njhelps.org.   If you need more information or help applying, email SNAP@foodbankmoc.org or call the information line at 732-643-5888.

Free Tax Preparation (VITA)

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is a free, IRS-sponsored program to help low and middle-income workers have their federal and state personal income taxes prepared and filed electronically at no cost.

Volunteer tax preparers are trained and certified by the IRS and provide secure, confidential tax preparation at multiple sites in the community. VITA ensures that workers receive all the tax credits (Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit) to which they are entitled.

You may file your taxes online for free if you make $60,000 or less by visiting the IRS-sponsored website: MyFreeTaxes.com.

If you need help filing taxes, email Tax@foodbankmoc.org or call 732-643-5888 for more information or to make an appointment for the VITA program.  The program serves households with dependents with incomes up to $54,000 and individuals with incomes up to $30,000 and runs during the tax season each year until April 15.

Affordable Healthcare Insurance | Health Care Navigators

Health coverage protects families against very high expenses if they get sick or hurt.  In fact, 40% of people who need additional food each month also have significant unpaid medical or hospital bills.

Open enrollment for Affordable health insurance is from November 1, 206 through January 31, 2017.  You can apply at www.healthcare.gov.  If you need help, the FoodBank’s trained and certified Health Care Navigators help uninsured individuals and families apply for insurance that meets their needs.

Remember – Financial help is available!

  • 8 out of every 10 people who enroll in health insurance receive financial help
  • Most pay between $50-$100/month for a premium, or pay no premium at all
  • If you don’t have health insurance, you may have to pay a penalty of $695 or more this year.

For assistance, email Health@foodbankmoc.org or call the information line at (732) 643-5888.

For information about assistance during open enrollment from November 2016 through January 31, 2017, click hereHablamos Espanol.

Financial Success Center

The Financial Success Center provides Monmouth and Ocean County residents with comprehensive resources under one roof to help them move from financial difficulty to economic well-being. Services are FREE and include:

  • Job Search and career planning resources
  • Money management tools
  • Financial coaching
  • Tax return preparation
  • Home ownership counseling
  • Child Care Resources
  • Application assistance for SNAP and other benefits.
  • Enrollment in health insurance programs

The Center is located at the Freehold Raceway Mall, in the Meridian Community Resource Centers outside of Macy’s on the first floor of the Mall.

Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am – 7pm and the Second and Fourth Saturdays of each month from 10am – 4pm.

The Center is a partnership between Child Care Resources of Monmouth County, The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Monmouth County Workforce Investment Board, Navicore Solutions and United Way of Monmouth County.

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Call 732-414-6745, or email uwfinancialsuccess.org.

Culinary Job Skills Training

Our onsite Culinary Skills Training Program helps adults in need of permanent employment get the skills they need for better paid jobs. The program helps men and women become self-sufficient through:

  • 12 weeks of on-site food preparation and classroom training, provided by a certified executive chef
  • An additional week of job shadowing at another food establishment to boost experience
  • The opportunity to receive CPR Certification and ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification.

Graduates also receive help obtaining and keeping jobs in our shore area hospitality industry.

The program is free of charge for qualified applicants and is supported through private grant funding.  Classes are held at the FoodBank in Neptune and at the BEAT Center in Toms River.

The Culinary program has graduated over 200 trainees. New classes are scheduled 3 times each year. For more information see our flyer. To apply, download the 2016 application and mail it in or pick up an application in person. Please contact the Culinary Training Program or call (732) 731-1403 with specific questions.

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The B.E.A.T. Center

1769 Hooper Ave., Toms River NJ  08753   (732) 731-1400

The B.E.A.T. Center stands for Bringing Everyone All Together, and is a hub for community services that end the cycle of food insecurity. Located in Toms River, the BEAT Center is a partnership of the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, the People’s Pantry and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen.

The site houses community organizations that provide a wide array of FREE services, providing assistance with food, housing, utilities, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, SNAP, health insurance, tax prep and job skills. A list of services, days and times available can be found here.