SNAP is a state program administered by the RI Department of Human Services (DHS). The Food Bank’s SNAP Outreach program provides SNAP information and assistance to guests of our member agencies. Our trained staff assists families and individuals in filling out and applying for the program. We also assist with other SNAP related questions regarding benefits, re-certification, and more, and refers problematic SNAP cases to RI Legal Services.
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Households must meet certain requirements to be eligible for SNAP and receive benefits. Eligibility and benefit amounts are based on:
Individuals, couples, and families may qualify if their income is less than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
For seniors (aged 60 and older), eligibility and benefits depend on income and expenses. For seniors/disabled with household income over 200% FPL there is a resource test.
If you are age 60 or over, or disabled, your medical expenses can be deducted from your income, and may increase your SNAP benefits.
Check out our SNAP Medical Deduction Guides, available in English and Spanish.
For people who don’t have a permanent address, they may still qualify for SNAP and may use the address of an authorized representative as a place to receive mail from SNAP. Or it can be mailed to the shelter where the person lives. A person is homeless if they “lack a fixed and regular nighttime residence”. This includes individuals or families who are temporarily staying in a shelter, motel or someone else’s home for less than 90 days. Getting SNAP benefits does not require a permanent address. Learn more with this guide. Note: This is a State document. Available in English only.
For most households there is no resource test. For seniors/disabled with household income over 200% FPL there is a resource test of $3,750 in the bank account/stocks/bonds resources. These amounts are updated annually. However, certain resources are NOT counted when determining eligibility for SNAP:
Check out these special guidelines for the homeless and members of the disabled community, available in English and Spanish.
How to Apply:
Are Non-Citizens Eligible for SNAP?
Undocumented individuals or Visa holders are NOT eligible for SNAP (but their children may be). Applying for SNAP benefits does not affect any future application for Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status or citizenship. Children of immigrants can get SNAP even if their parents are not eligible. If the child is a LPR or a citizen, their parent can apply for them.
Immigrants who have come to the United States as a refugee or asylee may be eligible for SNAP benefits. Applying for SNAP benefits will not affect any future application for Legal Permanent Residency (LPR) for citizenship. An immigrant will not be deported, denied entry to the U.S., or denied permanent status because their family receives SNAP. Immigrants with LPR status may be eligible for SNAP.
SNAP benefits are provided through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which works like a debit card. Benefits are automatically loaded into the account each month. EBT cards can be used to buy groceries at authorized food stores and retailers. Benefits are made available on the first day of every month.
There are many other ways that being on SNAP (even at the minimum monthly benefit of $20/month) can help participants.