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Food Assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Formerly known as the Food Stamp ProgramSNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help individuals and families buy food.  If you are working but are still struggling financially to buy food and provide nutritious meals, maybe the SNAP Program can help. You do not need to be participating in other DHS programs to receive SNAP benefits (food stamps). You can be unemployed or working, preparing for work, receiving a pension or homeless.

Foods you can buy with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

RI prepared meals Food Access Pilot Program

Introducing the new Rhode Island prepared meals "Food Access Project" which allows eligible elderly (age 60 & over), disabled and homeless SNAP participants to use their RI SNAP EBT cards to purchase meals at participating restaurants.
In August 2011, the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (RI DHS) implemented the new prepared meals "Food Access Project" as a pilot program in the Providence area. This program offers great benefits to eligible individuals since the homeless do not have a place to store and cook food, while the elderly and disabled may have difficulty preparing meals for themselves.

Look for participating restaurants displaying this sign:

List of participating restaurants  Meals Program
For more information on the program, please review the Q & A

SNAP Fact, Questions & Answers

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, DHS is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Individuals and families qualify for SNAP benefits (food stamps) based on their income, resources, and the number of individuals in their household. The SNAP/Food Stamp eligibility has recently changed. Now, most individuals, couples and families may qualify if their income is less than 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).  See FPL amounts in the link on the left.

Find out if you may be eligible, check our Prescreening Tool.

How to Apply

There are several ways to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits online, by printing an application and sending it to us or in person.  

After your Application is sent to DHS, See What Happens Next? 
Keep this for your records - Your Rights and Responsibilities

Need Help Applying? Contact an agency below:


  • EBT Cardholders
    • To check your recent transactions and benefit balance, go to EBT Cardholder Log In
    • For a list of phone numbers to call to replace an EBT card go to EBT-14
  • RI Food Bank
    Has information on food pantries and other resources for getting food for your family. Call (401) 942-6325 for more information.
  • Overpayment Options