Basic Food


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

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.

Applying for or receiving SNAP does not make you a public charge and will not be considered in a public charge determination. Learn more here. (Amharic, Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese, French, Korean, Lao, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese)


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, allowable deductions, and income. 

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:

You can apply for Basic Food Assistance online, by phone at 877-501-2233 or at your local Community Services Office.

The Application for Benefits is available in several languages.