CRANSTON, R.I. (October 11, 2017) – The US Department of
Agriculture has advised the RI Department of Human Services that Americans
who’ve left their homes in Puerto Rico due to Hurricanes Maria and Irma may be
eligible for temporary SNAP benefits.
Ricans who are recipients of the Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) and have
left their homes temporarily may be eligible to receive two months of federally
funded SNAP benefits.
Hawkins, Director of the RI Department of Human Services encourages those in
need to seek assistance. “Rhode Island welcomes these American citizens
who have sought temporary shelter here after evacuating due to Hurricanes Maria
and Irma to apply for food assistance. We have bi-lingual staff available to
process these short-term benefits and encourage all impacted by those
devastating storms to get the help they need while they are guests in our
temporary benefits are only available to those who complete a SNAP application
before October 31 and agree to close their NAP case once they are able to do
may be completed on-line at healthyrhode.ri.gov and paper applications
may be sent to any of the six DHS offices statewide. Puerto
Rican evacuees with questions may contact the DHS call center by calling
855-MY-RIDHS (1-855-697-4347). Puerto Ricans who plan to stay in RI and
those who had not been NAP recipients, are not eligible for this temporary
program but may apply for regular SNAP benefits.