State Government Press Releases

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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...
08/20/2020
Since March 2020, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (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...
08/11/2020
Due to the exceptionally high volume of calls coming into the Rhode Island Department of Human Services Call Center, our call center hours will change Wednesday, August 12, 2020. There will be no incoming calls allowed to enter the system after 3:00 p.m. This half hour decrease, DHS typically...
08/07/2020
The RI Department of Human Services (DHS) recently received federal approval to give $100 summer electricity grants to our Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) customers who were given heating grants this past heating season that ended in May 2020 and have an older individual or...
08/06/2020
With the power outages and aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias on August 4th, DHS would like to remind the individuals and families we serve that SNAP recipients may seek and receive replacement SNAP benefits due to a loss of food caused by a disaster. Power outages of 4+ hours meet that criteria.
08/04/2020
Due to the exceptionally high volume of calls coming into the Rhode Island Department of Human Services Call Center, our call center hours will change today, Tuesday, August 4, 2020. There will be no incoming calls allowed to enter the system after 3:00 p.m. This half hour decrease, DHS...
07/27/2020
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 August 2020. On August 4th, households...
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...