Facts about SNAP eligibility

What is SNAP?

SNAP is a government assistance program that provides benefits to low-income households. Benefits supplement the food budgets of families and individuals so they may purchase more and higher quality food using the EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card.  The EBT card can be used to pay for food at supermarkets and convenience stores, as well as some farmers’ markets and food co-ops. Each month, benefits are directly deposited into the household’s EBT account. SNAP benefits farmers and contributes to the local grocers. Last year, over $250 million federal dollars entered the Rhode Island economy as people used their SNAP benefits.

Why SNAP Outreach?

While many Rhode Islanders take advantage of SNAP, thousands of our neighbors are unaware of their eligibility or need additional assistance accessing benefits. SNAP seeks to increase participation through trainings, application assistance, distribution of educational materials, and positive SNAP messages in mass media. If you know someone with a low income who could use a little help buying food, encourage that person  to apply for SNAP and eat better today.