Basic Food, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps, helps people buy groceries. Eligible households receive an electronic benefits (EBT) card with monthly benefits to buy food at participating grocery stores and farmers markets.

Facts About Basic Food

  • Eligibility depends on your income level, not your resources.
  • It does not matter your age, whether you have a home or are homeless, working or unemployed, able bodied or disabled, you may qualify.
  • Nearly half of all applications are processed in less than a week.
  • Monthly benefits are based on your income, living expenses, and how many people buy, share, and prepare food in your household.

See If I May Qualify for Food Assistance

Basic Food Eligibility and Benefits

Basic Food Program Income Limits
Household Size Monthly Gross Income
1 $2,510
2 $3,407
3 $4,303
4 $5,200
5 $6,097
6 $6,993
7 $7,890
8 $8,787
Additional +$897
Basic Food Program Monthly Benefit Amounts
Household Size Monthly Gross Income
1 $281
2 $516
3 $740
4 $939
5 $1,116
6 $1,339
7 $1,480
8 $1,691
Additional +$211

How Do I Apply for Basic Food?

After completing the application, you must do an interview in order to receive Basic Food benefits. Interviews can be done at your local Community Services Office or over the phone at 1‑877‑501‑2233.

You don’t have to be a U.S. citizen to get food benefits.

Immigrants who meet specific program rules under the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Program may be eligible for food benefits. In addition, the Food Assistance Program (FAP) is a state-funded program that provides food assistance to legal immigrants who aren’t eligible for federal Basic Food benefits solely because of their alien status.

Still not sure if you qualify? Give us a call at 1‑800‑322‑2588.

You May Also Qualify for These Benefits:

  • Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) program, which provides job search, job search training, educational services, skills training, and other employment opportunities.
  • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children buy nutritious food, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy.
  • Working Connections Child Care (WCCC), which helps families pay for childcare.
  • Free or reduced school meal program.
  • Participating farmers markets will match every EBT dollar you spend, which doubles your purchases, supports your local farmers, and a healthy, holistic diet.
  • Low-cost local phone service or free wireless programs.

To learn more, call the Help Me Grow Washington Hotline at 1‑800‑322‑2588.