Basic Food Program, 1-877-501-2233
The Basic Food Program is a federal program that helps people with low incomes buy food at the grocery store. It is administered locally by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.
Do I Qualify?
You may be eligible to receive Basic Food if you live in Washington State, you are a U.S. citizen or legally present in the U.S. and follow the income guidelines.
For more information or to apply:
• Call: 1-877-501-2233
• Apply Online: www.washingtonconnection.org
• Visit: Mon-Fri, 8AM-5 PM, 900 E College Way, Mount Vernon WA
• EBT Card Replacement: 1-888-328-9271
Emergency Supplements for Basic Food during COVID
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, DSHS has been issuing Emergency Supplements for Basic Food to bring the benefit level of all households up to the maximum allotment for their household size. The Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) permits states to continue issuing emergency supplements on a month to month basis, contingent upon request and approval from FNS.
Basic Food Subset Programs
P-EBT (Pandemic EBT)
Families with children in grades K-12 who receive free or reduced-price lunch at school, will get extra food benefits in early July. These benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. Many children rely on school lunches to provide them their healthiest, and in some cases, their only meal of the day. The P-EBT program will provide funds to pay for these children’s meals while schools are closed during COVID 19.
Starting June 28, 2020, Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) emergency program will be available through Washington Connection online application. Families who receive Food Benefits through DSHS and whose child(ren) receives free or reduced lunch do not need to apply. They will automatically receive these one-time benefits on their EBT card in early July. Families may check with the school district to find out if they need to apply for free or reduced-price school meals so they can receive P-EBT funds.
Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced lunch but who do not receive Basic Food benefits will need to apply. More information will be available on the Washington Connection homepage– “Important Message(s)” banner.
Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)
Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents are a subset of the Department of Social and Health Services’s Basic Food (Food Stamps/ EBT) recipients required to participate in specific employment related activities to maintain their assistance.
The roll out of ABAWD has been delayed at this time. Clients who are not able to meet their 80- hour work requirement for March, April, May, and June 2020 will not be penalized. For more information, go visit: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa-1.
Other Ways to Use Your EBT Card:
Order Groceries Online from Walmart or Amazon
The SNAP Online Purchase Pilot Program has expanded state-wide in Washington as of March 1. This means that SNAP shoppers are now able to make online purchases with their SNAP benefits at Walmart and Amazon. Only eligible food may be purchased with SNAP benefits; delivery fees and other associated charges may not be paid for with SNAP benefits. For a step by step guide on how to use these benefits click here.
Complete Eats- Fruit & Vegetable Coupons at Safeway Stores
Complete Eats offers extra saving to shoppers who use their SNAP/Basic Food benefits when they buy fruits and vegetables at any Safeway location in Washington. Shoppers who buy at least $10 worth of qualifying fruits and vegetables using their SNAP/EBT card and their Safeway Club Card will get a coupon for their next purchase of fruits and vegetables. A variety of fruits and vegetables qualify. Shoppers can choose from fresh, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables, so long as the products have no added fats, sugars or salt. For more information about this program click here.
SNAP Market Match
The Washington State Department of Health is excited to announce the launch of SNAP Market Match! At more than 100 participating farmers markets and farm stands, shoppers who use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/EBT benefits can receive extra dollars to buy fruits and vegetables.
How does SNAP Market Match work?
- SNAP shoppers go to the farmers market information tent.
- Shoppers buy SNAP-eligible foods with their SNAP/EBT card.
- Shoppers get extra SNAP Market Match dollars to buy fruits and vegetables at the market.
- Markets match $10 or more per day for SNAP customers. Check your local markets for their daily match amount. For a listing of all participating markets, visit www.doh.wa.gov/SNAPMarketMatch