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ORIA Basic Food Employment & Training

The Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET), formerly known as the Food Stamp Employment and Training program, helps people receiving federal Basic Food benefits get jobs through voluntary participation in job search, training, education, or workfare activities that promote self-sufficiency. Low income residents who are currently not receiving Basic Food assistance are encouraged to apply. Applicants can use the "Am I Eligible?" tool on Washington Connection to check eligibility and apply for benefits at the site.

The ORIA BFET program provides BFET services to refugees statewide through contractual partnerships between DSHS and community-based organizations and Washington Employment Security Department Spokane.

An individual is eligible to receive ORIA BFET services if he/she is:

  • 16 years or older.
  • A federal food recipient.
  • An Amerasian, asylee, Cuban-Haitian entrant, Afghan/Iraqi special immigrant, refugee, or victim of human trafficking.
  • Not a U.S. citizen.

Services under the ORIA BFET program include:

  • Job Search.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) training.
  • Vocational education and training.
  • Case management.
  • Job retention services.
  • Support services.

ORIA BFET providers are responsible for enrolling individuals into our program.

ORIA Program Manager Contact Information:

Lisa Pan

(206) 568-5808


Self-sufficiency through support, education and training.