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 Basic Food recipients in March, April and May 2020 due to the impacts of COVID-19. 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.


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. Once COVID-19 is over, we will resume normal operations at local Community Services Offices

The Application for Benefits is available in several languages.