Due to the continued Federal Government shutdown, the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) needs to issue SNAP benefits early in order to ensure that clients receive their February benefits.
Current SNAP recipients
will receive their February benefits by January 20th.
People renewing SNAP benefits:
If the renewal is completed by DHS by January 16, the February benefits will be on the EBT card by January 20. If the renewal is completed after January 16, February benefits will be available on February 1.
People who need to renew for January, but have not done so, should send in their renewal form and documents as soon as possible
that are approved between January 16th-30th will receive both January (prorated) and February benefits in January, when their case is approved.
It’s important for households to understand that they will not get SNAP benefits again until March 1 (and only if the federal government makes funds available).
Please help spread the word by notifying your clients of the change. You can download a Rhode Island DHS flyer about the changes in
If you have questions, call the SNAP Outreach Hotline at 1-866-306-0270.