SNAP - What happens next?

Once you have submitted an application for SNAP benefits:

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has 30 days to determine your eligibility. If you have less than $100 in cash, and less than $150 in monthly earnings, or if your housing expenses exceed your monthly income or if you are a migrant or seasonal farm worker, you may be eligible for expedited SNAP benefits. DHS is required to review your application for expedited benefits and make a decision within 7 days.

What happens next?

1. You must have an interview with DHS either in person or over the phone.

2. You will receive a phone call from DHS to conduct your interview. If you are unable to take that call, you will receive a notice in the mail informing you of the date and time of the interview.

  • - If you requested a telephone interview, your worker will call you at the phone number you provided   on the application.
  • - If you requested an office interview, go to the appropriate office at the time of your interview.
  • - If you cannot make the interview (phone or in-office) at the scheduled date and time, call the office     immediately to reschedule.

3. You will need to gather documents verifying your situation. You may provide photocopies.

  • - If you have a telephone interview, you may mail your documents to P.O. Box 8709, Cranston, RI   02920 or scan and upload them to your customer portal account at HealthyRhode RI before the   interview.
  • - If you have an in-office interview, bring your documents with you to the office.
  • - If you are asked to provide further documentation, you have 10 days to get it to DHS.

4. You will be given or mailed an EBT card and asked to select your personal identification number.

5. You have a right to appeal the decision. You can use this form to file an appeal.

Visit the DHS Offices page for locations in your vicinity.