Jessica Manfre, 33, holding her 15-month-old daughter, Raegan, volunteers with the Spouses Association at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, handing out donated food from the pantry to enlisted members struggling amid a partial government shutdown and preparing to miss their first paychecks.

Coast Guard gets information on financial assistance


Staff Writer


The Cape May County Division of Social Services is reaching out to Coast Guard members with information on financial assistance programs, as the federal government shutdown continues into its fourth week, Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton said Monday.

“Cape May County is a Coast Guard Community. These men and women are serving our country without pay, and we want to assist in any way that we can,” said Thornton.

Furloughed employees and employees working without pay may be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Work First New Jersey (WFNJ), and Social Services for the Homeless (SSH), utility/rent arrears prevention funding.

Although the SNAP program is included in the shutdown, efforts are still being made to encourage those affected by the shutdown to apply for benefits as soon as possible, Thornton said.

Social Service employees also will be present at an informational session hosted by the Coast Guard to inform affected employees of local services.

To apply for benefits go to http://oneapp.dhs.state.nj.us; apply in person at the Cape May County Division of Social Services, 4005 Route 9 South, Rio Grande.

For information, call 609-886-6200 or email socialservices@cmcbss.com.



Contact: 609-272-7219 MPost@pressofac.com Twitter @MichelleBPost

Staff Writer

In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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