State Government Press Releases

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02/19/2021
The Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) is announcing new Call Center hours Monday through Friday (except holidays) that will start on Monday, February 22, 2021. We have extended the time that we accept incoming calls to enter the system from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This additional time...
02/13/2021
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) 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 receive free and reduced-price meals at school through the...
01/26/2021
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...
01/07/2021
You may have heard that Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits have been approved for some school age children in Rhode Island. No benefits have been issued yet. Benefits should be issued by the end of January, and will cover October, November and December of 2020. You can always check your benefit...
01/04/2021
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 January 2021. DHS previously reported...
12/08/2020
The Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) is announcing new Call Center hours Monday through Friday. To help with the high volume of calls coming in, we will not accept incoming calls to enter the system after 2:30 p.m. While no additional calls will be accepted after 2:30 p.m., our...
12/07/2020
With the recent power outages, the Department of Human Services (DHS) would like to remind the individuals and families we serve that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients may seek and receive replacement SNAP benefits due to a loss of food caused by a disaster. Power...
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...