Get money for food from Washington state government programs. While eligibility is not guaranteed for any of these programs, applying is highly recommended.
There are 3 ways you can apply for Basic Food. There are 3 ways you can apply for Basic Food.
1. You can apply online here
2. By phone (877-501-2233)
3. In-person at your local Community Services Office. Find a Community Services Office location here
If you apply online, you may have to do an interview. More information about filling out the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) application for Basic Food and other services can be found on the Government Assistance page.
If your application for Basic Food is accepted, you will receive a card with funds transferred electronically each month (i.e., “EBT card”) that you can use to buy groceries. The amount of money your EBT card will have each month will depend on the size of your family.
Basic Food participants must comply with work requirements to receive benefits. This may include participating in employment training, and becoming employed. Please note that you may risk losing Basic Food benefits if you quit your job while receiving Basic Food.
Make sure you maintain eligibility for Basic Food by completing all required interviews and forms by the due date. This may include the mid-certification review and the eligibility review.
If you qualify for Basic Food, you may also qualify for other benefit programs.
- Free or reduced cost school lunch for children in school – apply separately here
- WIC (food assistance for Women, Infants, and Children) – apply separately see below
- Additional job training and employment assistance
- English language education services through the Basic Food Employment and Training program for refugees. You can find more information about that program on the Government Assistance page
Food and supplies for pregnant women and young children up to 5 years old. To apply, first find your nearest WIC clinic here by searching WIC and your zip code, then make an appointment by calling 1-800-322-2588.