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SNAP, Health Insurance, Tax Prep and Job Skills

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

  • The B.E.A.T. 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.

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 inform taxes prepared and filed electronically at no cost.   The Free Tax Prep program runs from January 26 through April 18, 2018.

For more information on Free Tax Preparation at any of the Fulfill’s VITA sites, and to schedule an appointment for yourself, Click Here.

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, click here for more information.

Affordable Healthcare Insurance

Health coverage protects families against very high expenses if they get sick or hurt.

Open enrollment for Affordable Health Insurance through the Marketplace is from November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018.  You can apply through the Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov.

Need Help?

If you need help with the Marketplace or Medicaid, Fulfill’s trained, Certified Application Counselors help individuals and families apply for insurance that meets their needs. A list of assistance sites from November 1 – December 15, 2018 is available here.  For more information, email Health@fulfillnj.org or call the information line at (732) 643-5888.

What to bring to see if you qualify for reduced premiums and to enroll:

  • Current ID for person applying;
  • Social Security numbers or proof of lawful presence for everyone applying;
  • Current income information for everyone applying;
  • Your best estimate of what your household income will be in 2019;
  • Current health insurance information of everyone applying, if any;
  • If reenrolling in the Marketplace, your username and password.

You may be able to apply through the Marketplace after December 15 under special circumstances: for example, you lost your job-based health insurance or Medicaid, moved, got married, had a baby and other circumstances.  The enrollment period for Medicaid / NJ FamilyCare is year round.

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

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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 and Wednesday 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, Fulfill, 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 supported through public and private funding, and so is free of charge for qualified applicants. Classes are currently being held only at the B.E.A.T. Center in Toms River.

New classes are scheduled 3 times each year.  For more information, see our flyer and application here.  Please contact the Culinary Training Program (sralph@fulfillnj.org) or call (732) 731-1403 for 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 Fulfill, 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, SNAP, health insurance, tax prep, domestic violence, immigration legal services and job skills.  Call for more information.