The SNAP program (food stamps) provides low-income individuals and families with resources to purchase food in the form of an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. DHS will determine if you are eligible to receive assistance based on your income, resources, and the number of individuals in your household. The first step is to complete an application.
You can apply online at http://www.dhs.ri.gov/Programs/SNAPApplyNow.php or you can print an application from this website, complete it and mail to RI Department of Human Services, P.O. Box 8709, Cranston, RI 02920-8787. If you aren’t able to print the application you can call or visit your local DHS office to apply. (See the appendix for a list of local DHS offices.) The application is quite long and you will need to provide proof of identity, income, assets/resources and expenses in order to complete the application. The agencies listed in the Resources section of this guide can also help you fill out and submit the application.
Farm Fresh RI will help you extend your SNAP benefits by buying fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets across Rhode Island. The Bonus Bucks program matches what you spend in SNAP benefits dollar for dollar at most RI farmers markets – that’s twice as much fresh local produce for your SNAP funds!