> Rhode Island Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
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). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.
To apply for this program, fill out the application and make an appointment to speak with a representative at your local county office:
You may also apply online at the following location:
Program Contact Information:
For more information about SNAP call the DHS office at 401-222-7276 or visit:
Providence and East Bay area residents:
Northern RI area residents:
Warwick and South County area residents:
US Department of Agriculture (USDA):
Or visit the USDA Web site: