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SNAP Increases and Recertification Changes to Help During COVID-19

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 increase benefit amounts for some SNAP households. The federal government has allowed states to give all SNAP households the maximum SNAP benefit for their household size for the months of March and April. DHS is also allowing states to extend deadlines for those due to recertify in the months of March, April and May 2020.

The announcements were made by Governor Gina M. Raimondo at the press conference Friday, March 27, 2020. For more information, including a table that shows what SNAP recipients will get during COVID-19, go to our "What's New" page (link below).

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