SNAP - Research, Reports and Newsletters

The Department's Director Courtney E. Hawkins states, “ DHS’ success is critical to the success of us as a state. If we don’t support vulnerable individuals and families in meeting their basic needs then we will never achieve our broader economic, educational and quality of life goals."

One of the Department of Human Services' (DHS') largest programs is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It is the nation's largest program for fighting domestic hunger. In Rhode Island, about 12 percent of all households experience food insecurity and nearly 25 percent of families with children at home experience it. With SNAP, DHS is working with families to close their hunger gap.

Federally funded and State administered, SNAP helps low-income individuals and families by providing monthly benefits to buy food. The Rhode Island SNAP Report provides a snapshot in time for caseload and demographic data from March 2019, a month where just under $20.5 million total was released to our SNAP recipients. The average benefit amount for SNAP households for that month was $224.92. For individuals, it was $134.78.

Application and timeliness data reflect the months of May 2018 through April 2019.