From a Basic Food recipient:
"Thank you so much for the food stamp card. It has helped me so much...This helps me buy things I have not been able to buy for a long time, like greens and fresh fruit."
-Anna R., Colfax, WA
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called Basic Food in Washington, helps low income people make ends meet by providing monthly benefits to buy food. Participating in Basic Food has other benefits including:
- Enrollment in free school meals for school-aged children;
- Qualification for low-cost local phone service through the Washington Telephone Assistance Program (WTAP); and
- Shows your family meets the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) income test.
Am I eligible? How much would I get each month
Eligibility for Basic Food is based on your monthly income (before taxes) and your household size. We also look at your regular expenses, such as rent and child care, to determine what your benefits will be.
Use our Benefit Estimator to determine if you qualify for Basic Food and get an estimate of your monthly benefits.
Your household can have income up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and be eligible for Basic Food. Asset limits also don't apply to households with total monthly income under this limit.
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What Can I Buy With Basic Food?
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service sets rules on what SNAP / Basic Food benefits can be used for.
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