WAC 388-489-0005

Effective November 1, 2005

WAC 388-489-0005 Who is Eligible for Transitional Food Assistance?

If your family stops receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash benefits, including benefits from a tribal program, you will be eligible for transitional food assistance for up to five months if you meet all the following eligibility requirements:  

  1. Your family was receiving Basic Food at the time we determined you were no longer eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families;

  2. After your family stops receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, no other member of your Basic Food assistance unit continues to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families;

  3. Your family did not move out of the State of Washington WAC 388-468-0005;

  4. Your family was not in sanction status at the time your Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grant ended. Sanction status means:

    1. We reduced or stopped your family’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grant payment because a family member is not:

      1. Meeting WorkFirst Program requirements WAC 388-310-1600; or

      2. Cooperating with the Division of Child Support WAC 388-422-0010; or

    2. We decided that a member of your family was not eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families because the member:

      1. Failed to meet teen parent living arrangement WAC 388-486-0005 or teen parent school attendance requirements WAC 388-410-0010; or

      2. Was convicted of unlawful practices WAC 388-446-0005 or for receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families in two or more states at the same time WAC 388-446-0010; or

    3. If you are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits from a tribal program, your family’s grant is reduced or stopped for a reason that is the same as one of the reasons listed in 4.a. or 4.b;

  5. At the time your family’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grant ended your Basic Food assistance unit did not become ineligible because:

    1. You were applying for recertification of your Basic Food benefits and refused to cooperate with the application process; or

    2. All members are ineligible for Basic Food for the reasons stated in WAC 388-489-0025(3).

  6. There is no limit to the number of times your family may leave Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and receive Transitional Food Assistance.

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.