Get the Help You Need To Feed Your Family in Washington State

For many families times are hard and they may need help getting food for their families. In Washington State, you may receive relief through the state’s food stamp program.  Under the program, you can get help purchasing much needed food for your family as long as you meet certain Washington State Food Stamp qualifications.

In order to meet the Washington State Food Stamp Qualifications your household total income must be at least 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines:


Family size of 1 (Monthly Income Should be $1, 815)

Family Size of 2 (Monthly income should be $2, 452)

Family size of 3 (Monthly income should be $3, 089)

Family size of 4 (Monthly income should be $3, 725)

Family size of 5 (Monthly income should be $4, 362)


Who is Eligible and How Much Can You Receive?

Washington Food Stamp Program eligibility is your pre-tax monthly income and your household size.  You may also be required to submit your regular monthly expenses to help in the determination of how much your benefit should be. You can use the Benefit Estimator to estimate your eligibility and estimated benefits.

Where Can You Use Your Washington State Food Stamps Benefits?

After you go through the Washington State Food Stamps Qualification process and have been approved, you can use your benefits it most general stores. You are able to use your Washingtong State benefits at any grocery store, convenience store or discount retail store that accepts Basic Food or Food Stamp benefits like Walmart or Kmart. Most stores and many farmers markets accept food stamps and EBT cards. 

What Can You Buy With Your Washington State Food Stamps Benefits

Your food stamps can be used to buy your basic nutritional needs. According to the Washington Basic Food program guidelines, you can use your nutrition benefits for:

  • Breads and cereals
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Cheese, milk and other dairy products
  • Meats, fish, poultry and eggs
  • Most other food items that are not prepared hot foods
  • Seeds and plants that produce food for your household

You CANNOT use your basic food stamps benefits for:

  • Exchanged for cash
  • Used by and for people who are not in your household
  • Used to buy:
    • Food in restaurants
    • Hot Foods
    • Food that will be eaten in the store
    • Soaps, paper products
    • Household supplies
    • Vitamins or medicines
    • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco

If you have questions about the Washington State Food Stamps Qualifications process that is not answered here, you can call the office directly toll-free at 1-877-501-2233.  They should be able to answer any of your basic questions and assist you through the qualification process.



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