Basic Food

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called Basic Food in Washington, helps people with low incomes make ends meet by providing monthly benefits to buy food.

NEWS: Congress approved supplemental funding for recipients of food assistance due to the impacts of COVID-19. Food supplements have been issued since April 2020 and continue on a month-to-month basis with federal approval. You can learn more about these supplemental benefits here (Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese).

Who is eligible:

Washington State residents who meet:

Legal immigrants who are not eligible for federal basic food solely due their immigration status may be eligible for the state Food Assistance Program (FAP).


Some childless adults will need to participate in work activities in order to stay eligible for Basic Food. More information can be found on the ABAWD page



Your Basic Food benefits are based on your family size and income. Are you eligible? Try our online benefit estimator.

Learn More About Basic Food Benefits:

Check out this guide for more information about how to apply for and use Basic Food benefits (EnglishSpanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Somali, Korean, Laotian, Chinese, Cambodian)

How to Apply For Basic Food Benefits:

Effective, March 26, 2020 you can apply for Basic Food Assistance online or by phone at 1-877-501-2233 without filling out an application.

The Application for Benefits is available in several languages.