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Food Assistance - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)


Revised May 8, 2014



Purpose: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called Basic Food in Washington State, helps low income people buy more nutritious food.

Program Information and Applications for Benefits   

388-412-0046

What is the purpose of DSHS cash and food assistance benefits and how can I use my benefits?

388-400-0040

Am I eligible for benefits through the Washington Basic Food program?

388-406-0015

Can I get Basic Food right away?

388-406-0021

How does being a migrant or seasonal farmworker affect my application for Basic Food?

388-414-0001

Do I have to meet all eligibility requirements for Basic Food?

388-492-0020

What are WASHCAP food benefits and what do I need to know about WASHCAP?

Assistance Units

388-408-0034

What is an assistance unit for Basic Food?

388-408-0035

Who is in my assistance unit for Basic Food?

388-408-0040

How does living in an institution affect my eligibility for Basic Food?

388-408-0045

Am I eligible for Basic Food if I live in a shelter for battered women and children?

388-408-0050

Does the department consider me as homeless for Basic Food benefits?

Eligibility Requirements - Citizenship and General Eligibility

388-424-0020

How does my alien status impact my eligibility for federally-funded Basic Food benefits?

388-468-0005

Residency

388-476-0005

Social security number requirements

388-490-0005

The department requires proof before authorizing benefits for cash, medical, and Basic Food.

388-480-0001

Does being on strike impact my eligibility for the Washington Basic Food Program?

Eligibility Requirements - Income: Countable and Exclusions

388-478-0060

What are the income limits and maximum benefit amounts for Basic Food?

388-450-0015

What types of income are not used when figuring out my benefits?

388-450-0025

What is unearned income?

388-450-0030

What is earned income?

388-450-0035

Educational Benefits

388-450-0040

Native American benefits and payments.

388-450-0045

How do we count income from employment and training programs?

388-450-0050

How does your participation in the community jobs (CJ) program affect your cash assistance and Basic Food benefits?

388-450-0055

How does needs-based assistance from other agencies or organizations count against my benefits?

388-450-0065

Gifts - Cash and noncash.

388-450-0070

How do we count the earned income of a child?

388-450-0080

What is self-employment income?

388-450-0085

Does the department count all of my self-employment income to determine if I am eligible for benefits?

Eligibility Requirements - Resources

388-470-0055

How do my resources count toward the resource limit for basic food?

388-470-0060

How does the department decide how much of my sponsor's resources affect my eligibility for cash, medical, and food assistance?

388-470-0075

How is my vehicle counted for food assistance?

Student Status

388-482-0005

How does being a student impact my eligibility for the Washington Basic Food Program?

Benefit Calculation - General Information                     

388-412-0015

General information about your Basic Food allotments.

388-450-0162

How does the department count my income to determine if my assistance unit is eligible and how does the department calculate the amount of my cash and Basic Food benefits?

388-450-0215

How does the department estimate my assistance unit's income to determine my eligibility and benefits?

Benefit Calculation - Deductions

388-450-0185

What income deductions does the department allow when determining if I am eligible for food benefits and the amount of my monthly benefits?

388-450-0190

How does the department figure my shelter cost income deduction for Basic Food?

388-450-0195

Does the department use my utility costs when calculating my Basic Food or WASHCAP benefits?

388-450-0200

Will the medical expenses of elderly persons or individuals with disabilities in my assistance unit be used as an income deduction for Basic Food?

Benefit Calculation - Standards and Issuance

388-478-0060

What are the income limits and maximum benefit amounts for Basic Food?

388-450-0230

What income does the department count in the month I apply for Basic Food when my assistance unit is destitute?

388-406-0055

When do my benefits start?

388-412-0020

When do I get my benefits?

388-412-0025

How do I get my benefits?

388-450-0245

When are my benefits suspended?

Reporting Requirements and Change of Circumstances

388-418-0005

How will I know what changes to report?

388-418-0007

When do I have to report changes in my circumstances?

388-418-0020

How does the department determine the date a change affects my benefits?

Certification Periods and Eligibility Reviews

388-416-0005

How long can I get Basic Food?

388-434-0110

How do I get Basic Food benefits after my certification period has ended?

388-418-0011

What is a mid-certification review, and do I have to complete one in order to keep receiving benefits?

Work Requirements

388-444-0005

Am I required to work or look for work in order to be eligible for Basic Food?

388-444-0010

Who is exempt from work registration while receiving Basic Food?

388-444-0015

How can the Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) program help me find work?

388-444-0025

What expenses will the department pay to help me participate in BF E&T?

388-444-0030

Do I have to work to be eligible for Basic Food benefits if I am an able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD)?

388-444-0035

Who is exempt from ABAWD work requirements?

388-444-0040

Can I volunteer for an unpaid work program in order to meet the work requirements under WAC 388-444-0030?

388-444-0045

How does an ABAWD regain eligibility for Basic Food after being closed for the three-month limit?

388-444-0050

What is good cause for failing to meet Basic Food work requirements?

388-444-0055

What are the penalties if I refuse or fail to meet Basic Food work requirements?

388-444-0060

What is unsuitable employment for Basic Food work requirements?

388-444-0065

Am I eligible for Basic Food if I quit my job or reduce my work effort?

388-444-0070

What is good cause for quitting my job or reducing my work effort?

388-444-0075

What are the penalties if I quit my job or reduce my work effort without good cause?

Benefit Errors and Disqualifications

388-410-0020

What happens if I receive more Basic Food or WASHCAP benefits than I am supposed to receive?

388-410-0025

Am I responsible for an overpayment in my assistance unit?

388-410-0030

How does the department calculate and set up my Basic Food or WASHCAP overpayment?

388-410-0033

How and when does the department collect a Basic Food or WASHCAP overpayment?

388-410-0035

Are alien and alien sponsors jointly responsible for cash and food assistance overpayments?

388-410-0040

Cash and food assistance underpayments.

388-446-0015

What is an Intentional program violation (IPV) and administrative disqualification hearings (ADH) for food assistance?

388-446-0020

What penalties will I receive if I break a food assistance rule on purpose?

Modification Date: May 8, 2014