Washington Basic Food (SNAP)

Basic Food, Washington’s name for SNAP, helps low-income individuals and families in Washington obtain a more nutritious diet by supplementing their income with “Basic Food” benefits.

Benefits are based on how many people live in your household, your income, and living expenses — averaging about $348 per month for a family of three.

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In order to qualify for Basic Food, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be a resident of Washington State
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines
  5. Have less than $5,000 in resources

Legal immigrants who meet all the Basic Food requirements except citizenship or alien status may apply for Food Assistance Program (FAP) instead.

Currently, only King County imposes work requirements on able-bodied SNAP recipients ages 18—49 without dependents. While those who reside on the Muckleshoot Reservation are exempt.

FAQ #


What is the income limit for food stamps in WA? #

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Most families in Washington State with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,380 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.

How to apply for SNAP in Washington? #

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Submit an application at a local DSHS Community Services Office (CSO) in person, by mail or online through the Washington Connection or offline when the Mobile Community Services Office is in town.

If applicable, an interview will be arranged to determine your eligibility. Once your application is verified, a determination will be made no later than 30 days.

Can you use Washington EBT out of state? #

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Yes. SNAP benefits are interoperable through the use of your EBT card which means you can use your Washington EBT wherever EBT is accepted anywhere in the United States including the District of Columbia, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.