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Rhode Island Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits

Program Description

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps single adults, couples, children and families, who may be working but are still struggling financially, to buy food and provide nutritional meals for themselves. The program, the largest food and nutrition support program in the state, is a partnership between the Federal Government and the state. The Federal Government pays the full cost of an individual's SNAP benefits and approximately half of the state's cost to administer the program. Like several other DHS programs, adults qualify to receive SNAP benefits based on their income, the resources they have and the number of individuals in their household. SNAP is an important part of the services offered by DHS, but individuals do not need to be participating in other DHS programs, including the Family Independence Program, to receive SNAP benefits. They can be unemployed, working, preparing for work, or receiving a pension to qualify for SNAP benefits. Homeless individuals can also qualify to receive SNAP benefits. Additional eligibility criteria will also be taken into consideration including the amount of resources an individual/household owns (e.g., cash, stocks, bonds, checking/savings accounts, automobiles, etc.) before eligibility is determined.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Rhode Island and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself).

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,775
2 $29,471
3 $37,167
4 $44,863
5 $52,559
6 $60,255
7 $67,951
8 $75,647

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply for this program, fill out the application and make an appointment to speak with a representative at your local county office:
http://www.foodstamps.ri.gov/

You may also apply online at the following location:
https://www.foodstamps.ri.gov/admin/login.cfm

Program Contact Information

For more information about SNAP call the DHS office at 401-222-7276 or visit: http://www.foodstamps.ri.gov/
Providence and East Bay area residents: 401-222-7276
Northern RI area residents: 401-235-6300
Warwick and South County area residents: 1-800-282-7021
US Department of Agriculture (USDA): 1-800-221-5689
Or visit the USDA Web site: http://www.usda.gov/