Apply for SNAP benefits

Step 1: Complete an application.

You can print an application by clicking here, or call the SNAP Outreach Project to request an application: 1-866-306-0270.

Or, you can apply on-line by completing the RI online SNAP application.  The application for Rhode Island’s SNAP will open in a new window.

Step 2: Fill out the information as best you can. If you run into any trouble, email or call toll free 1-866-306-0270.

Step 3: Prepare for your in-person or telephone interview. If you are unable to visit a local DHS office due to work, transportation, disability, child care, or any other important factor, you may request a telephone interview.

To determine eligibility, you may need to bring the following documents for all household members to your local DHS Office. Photocopies are acceptable.

The documents you may need include:

  • Identification (driver’s license, birth certificate)
  • Social Security numbers for everyone applying (you don’t have to have a S.S. card)
  • Proof of past month’s income (earned, unearned, self employment and rental)
  • Proof of past month’s housing and utility expenses such as mortgage statements, rental agreements, and bills
  • Proof of expenses such as day care and child support payments
  • Proof of medical expenses for people 60 or older or disabled
  • Documentation of citizenship status

The Interview: You will meet with or speak to a DHS worker to determine if you qualify for benefits. Please bring extra copies of all paperwork if possible. You and a caseworker will review your application and assess your benefits.

  • IF YOU QUALIFY: You will receive your EBT card and select a Personal Identification Number (PIN).
  • IF YOU DO NOT QUALIFY: You can appeal the decision by speaking with the caseworker or supervisor of the office.
  • You should expect to receive benefits on your card within 7 days of having been approved.
  • After benefits become available to you, make sure to check your mail for correspondence from DHS to keep your benefits active.