Board of Social Services Mission Statement

The mission of the Ocean County Board of Social Services is to serve residents of Ocean County in the administration of approximately 60 programs.

The agency has expanded its mission to include a more pronounced emphasis on client responsibility and eventual self-sufficiency.

The Ocean County Board of Social Services continues to commit to an ongoing record of excellence in serving Ocean County’s population.

The Ocean County Board of Social Services provides eligible county residents with financial, medical, and social services assistance. Assistance can be granted for emergency circumstances, as well as to meet ongoing needs.

   Income Assistance Programs
   Medicaid Programs
   Social and Support Programs
   Code Blue Program

Offices are located in Toms River, Lakewood, and Manahawkin. Not all offices are staffed for all programs.


Important Information for SNAP Recipients
about your February Benefits

Due to the federal government shutdown, you will be receiving your February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early. If you received a SNAP benefit in January and were scheduled to receive SNAP in February, your February benefits will be available on your Families First card on Jan. 17.

This is your benefit for the entire month of February, so please budget with that in mind.

February cash assistance benefits for Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and General Assistance (GA) will be available on your Families First card on your regular date.

Continue to visit this page for ongoing updates on how the federal shutdown may impact your SNAP benefits. If you have specific questions about your case – contact your county board of social services.


For anyone who wants to know if they might be eligible for help NJHelps.org