Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

What is SNAP?

SNAP is a federally funded, government assistance program that helps low-income households pay for nutritious food using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. SNAP can assist households with children, legal immigrants, seniors and disabled members. Each month benefits are directly deposited onto the household’s EBT account, the amount of benefit depends on the household size, income, and expenses. These benefits can then be used to pay for food at supermarkets and convenience stores, as well as some farmer’s markets and food co-ops. SNAP brings federal dollars into communities, every $5.00 in new SNAP benefits generates $9.00 in community spending. Someone using their SNAP EBT card to buy food isn’t just helping themselves, they are also supporting the local economy.

  How can outreach help?

The URI SNAP Outreach Project helps low-income individuals and families access the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP. Outreach workers can answer questions about SNAP, help determine potential eligibility for SNAP benefits, and provide support with the application process.  The SNAP Outreach Project seeks to increase participation with trainings, application assistance, and providing informational material. Thousands of Rhode Islanders do not receive nutrition assistance because they are unaware of their eligibility or need additional assistance with applying.  Outreach and education are tools in overcoming barriers to SNAP participation. If you or someone you know is struggling to pay for food, let them know help is available through the URI SNAP Outreach Project Hotline 1-866-306-0270 or find one of our SNAP Outreach Workers at one of the locations below (click on the event for more details).

Please join us at one of our upcoming  SNAP Training Sessions

Gemma Gorham, URI SNAP Outreach Coordinator, will be providing three fall training sessions to update community partners on SNAP eligibility and income guidelines, definitions, policies, procedures and information regarding special population groups.


Monday, October 28th: 11 am-2 pm, Kingston Free Library, Potter Hall, 1057 Kingstown Road, Wakefield

Tuesday, October 29th: 9 am-12 pm, Woonsocket Public Library, 303 Clinton Street, Woonsocket

Tuesday, November 5th, 9 am-12 pm, Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick

All trainings are free. Please RSVP as space is limited!

You can register by clicking on this link or by calling the URI Hunger Center: 401-874-5145.

We hope to see you there!