State Government Press Releases

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11/30/2020
The Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) is announcing changes to its Call Center hours for the week of November 30 through December 4, 2020. To help with the high volume of calls coming in, we will not accept incoming calls to enter the system from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day we...
11/23/2020
The federal Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has recently provided States with guidance to continue giving Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits for October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021. A student is eligible for P-EBT if: The student would be eligible for free or reduced-price meals if...
11/23/2020
Since March 2020, SNAP households that were not already receiving the maximum SNAP benefit amount for their household size received an increase to their benefits to bring them to the maximum amount. The federal government approved a similar increase for December 2020. On December 3rd,...
11/02/2020
The Department of Human Services (DHS) recently changed the bank that issues State Supplemental Payments (SSP). As a result, the Department learned Monday that about 8,000 SSP recipients did not get their benefits direct deposited on November 1, 2020. DHS has a list of impacted SSP customers...
10/28/2020
Since March 2020, SNAP households that were not already receiving the maximum SNAP benefit amount for their household size received an increase to their benefits to bring them to the maximum amount. The federal government approved a similar increase for November 2020. On November 3rd,...
10/22/2020
Congress has authorized Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to continue for the 2020 through 2021 school year, but has made some changes to the criteria to get these benefits. The Department of Human Services (DHS) is waiting for further instructions from the federal government before we can give...
10/01/2020
Since March 2020, SNAP households that were not already receiving the maximum SNAP benefit amount for their household size received an increase to their benefits to bring them to the maximum amount. The federal government approved a similar increase for October 2020. On October 4th, households...
09/29/2020
Child Care Providers are invited to participate in the COVID-19 Impact Survey Series that starts October 5, 2020! This fall, the Department of Human Services (DHS) is conducting a series of monthly surveys to gather information on the financial and program impacts of COVID-19 on child care...
09/24/2020
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently granted Rhode Island approval to again issue Pandemic-EBT benefits (P-EBT) to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and non-SNAP households with one or more school-age children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price...
09/14/2020
The US Department of Agriculture recently warned there is a current text message scam targeting SNAP recipients. In its notification, USDA said, "Be aware of a scam using texting to obtain your personal information. The text might say you were chosen to receive food stamps or SNAP." Rhode...