Welcome to foodhelp.wa.gov
This is your source to finding healthy and affordable food in Washington State.
The rising costs of gas, groceries and other vital needs have forced everyone to make difficult choices. But now you don't have to choose between filling up your gas tank or putting groceries on the table.
This web site will help connect you with Food Assistance, Nutrition Information and other valuable resources to help make ends meet for you and your family.
News and Events
10 Facts Young Adults Should Know About Basic Food
This information is available here.
Notice: Food Benefits Will Be Reduced Starting November 1, 2013
In April 2009, a law called The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 raised Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to help people affected by the recession. The increased benefits provided by this law expire. Everyone receiving food benefits will receive a letter from DSHS in October to inform them of their monthly benefits for November. More information is available here.
Basic Food Elderly Interview Waiver
Starting with August 2013 applications and eligibility reviews, many elderly households without earnings will not need an interview for Basic Food benefits. Washington was granted a demonstration project to test how waiving the interview requirement for Basic Food could improve benefit access to seniors age 60+.
Households won’t need to complete an interview for food benefits when:
- All members of the household are elderly (60+).
- No household members have earned income.
- A paper or electronic application or eligibility review has been completed.
- All necessary verification has been provided or the verification, such as Social Security payments, are available through interfaces available to the department.