State Government Press Releases

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07/08/2020
The Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) is soliciting proposals from qualified vendors to provide outreach services and application assistance to individuals and families residing in Rhode Island who are eligible or may be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)....
06/10/2020
Starting June 10th, for the first time, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants will be able to select and pay for their groceries online using their EBT card at Amazon and at participating Walmart stores. Households can purchase the same food online that they would...
06/04/2020
Congress passed the CARES Act providing several supports to Americans in response to the impact of COVID-19 including Stimulus Payments and an Unemployment Compensation increase. Here is some additional information about how Stimulus Payments and Unemployment Compensation impact households that...
05/28/2020
In March, April and May, 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 June 2020. On June 3, households...
05/04/2020
COVID-19 has challenged the State in many new ways, and we likely have yet to realize many other obstacles. The need to physically distance ourselves for the health and safety of everyone has increased the need for public benefits for many Rhode Islanders, particularly those who have found...
05/01/2020
As announced by Governor Gina Raimondo in today's press conference, a reopening for child care providers under new regulations is planned for June 1, 2020. Accordingly, the State extends its mandated closure of child care sites, family and center, through May 31, 2020 and the Department of...
05/01/2020
In March and April, 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 has approved a similar increase for May. The Department issued these...
04/20/2020
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently granted Rhode Island the authority to issue Pandemic-EBT benefits (P-EBT) to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and non-SNAP households with one or more children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price meals at...
03/30/2020
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - On March 29, 2020, the State announced it is now mandating, and no longer just advising, all child care providers (centers and families) to close. As a result, the Department of Human Services suspended all child care licenses issued pursuant to R.I. General Laws 42-12.5-1 et...
03/27/2020
The Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) continues to do its part to serve DHS customers during the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. To support Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients and their families, the Department worked with the federal government to...