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Please note Call Center hours for the week of Thanksgiving. The Call Center will be open normal business hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Nov. 20-22. The Call Center will be closed on Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, though self-service options will remain accessible, including the Customer Portal (healthyrhode.ri.gov), and mobile app. The Call Center will not take incoming calls on Friday for processing work, normally completed on Wednesdays. Please plan accordingly and Happy Thanksgiving!
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Eligibility and benefit amounts are based on:
SNAP has two income levels:
In order to receive SNAP benefits, most households will also have to meet a net income test of 100 percent FPL. Households with a member who is elderly or disabled may have higher gross incomes as long as they meet the net. Households of one or two people may be eligible by meeting the gross and not the net.
Please note that adjustments to SNAP benefits, deductions, and income eligibility are updated every year in October by the USDA FNS to account for changes in the cost of living, also known as the SNAP Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). See FPL income guidelines below for the SNAP Monthly Gross Income Limits from October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023. New adjustments will take effect on October 1, 2023. Additional information on 2023 SNAP COLA changes is available below.
Maximum monthly gross income (185%) (Households without an older adult or
someone with a disability)
Maximum monthly gross income (200%) (Households with an older adult or
At the beginning of every federal fiscal year, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS) adjusts maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, deductions and income eligibility standards. These adjustments are known as the “SNAP Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).”
The SNAP COLA is based on changes in the cost of living and takes effect on October 1st of each year. Please read the following to learn about all the changes, some already reflected on this page as well as additional elements of the COLA, that become effective on October 1, 2023.
* Due to the pandemic, the federal government has allowed required in-person interviews to happen over the phone. DHS is also allowed to postpone interviews for SNAP applicants who are eligible on an expedited timeline and offers the flexibility to skip the interview entirely if DHS has all the information necessary to make an eligibility decision.
You may have another person act as an authorized representative by applying and being interviewed on your behalf by designating an authorized representative in writing.
To receive SNAP benefits, you must apply in the State in which you currently live. Learn more about your rights and responsibilities here.
The amount of money your family receives depends on the above eligibility factors. Effective until September 30, 2023, the maximum amount per household size each month is:
Beginning October 1, 2023, the maximum amount per household size is:
*New* Maximum Benefit
October 2023 –
Each additional person
Benefits are added monthly to an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card. The EBT card is like debit card that can be used at supermarkets, grocery/convenience stores and farmers’ markets. Go here to see what you can buy with your SNAP benefits.
There are multiple ways you can apply. All can be found on our Apply Now page.
Once you have submitted an application for SNAP benefits, DHS has 30 days to determine your eligibility. DHS is required to review SNAP expedited applications and make a decision within 7 days. You may be eligible for expedited SNAP benefits if you:
Additional steps in the application process are:
Call 1-855-MY-RIDHS (1-855-697-4347) or TTY 1-800-745-5555 (for hearing impaired).