Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
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).
Changes at the Department of Human Services
On September 13, 2016, the RI Department of Human Services (DHS) launched a new computer system to administer all human services programs, including SNAP. As a result, many DHS procedures have changed. We will post updates here as the occur.
The DHS automated line and call center can now only be reached by calling 1-855-697-4347 (1-855-MYRIDHS). The previously used phone number, 401-462-5300, is no longer in service. In addition, DHS is now asking for all mailed applications and documents to be sent to the following address:
RI Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 8709
Cranston, RI 02920
Applications and documents can still be delivered in person to any of the DHS office locations. Clients should request a date stamped receipt for applications and documents delivered in person.
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To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.