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Basic Food is a food and nutrition program for individuals & families who meet the income guideline (listed below) afford healthier foods by providing monthly benefits to buy food. Basic Food will also qualify you for Free or Reduced School Meals for your child.

Eligibility

Eligibility is based on income, family size, and citizenship status.

Individuals who reside in Washington State must meet the following:

  • Income requirements—see guidelines below
  • Citizen requirements (include U.S. citizens & lawfully admitted residents who meet the 5-year residency requirement & some non-citizens).
  • If clients are non-citizen but they have U.S. Citizen Children, their children may be eligible.
  • Agree to participate in Food Assistance work and training program (if applicable).

Income and resources limits

Have income at or under the amount below based on how often you are paid:

Household size
Maximum monthly income to qualify
1 $2,023
2 $2,743
3 $3,463
4 $4,183
5 $4,903
6 $5,623
7 $6,343
8 $7,063

Monthly benefits amount for Basic Food

Monthly benefits vary by:

  • Number of people in the household
  • Income
  • Living expenses household members pay for such as:
    • Rent or mortgage
    • Utilities
    • Child care
    • Child support
Household size
Maximum monthly benefit
1
$194
2
$357
3
$511
4
$649
5
$771

How to apply:

What to send:

Where to send your application:

Access & Outreach
Public Health — Seattle & King County
401 5th Ave., Suite 1000
Seattle, WA 98104

Or fax the application to 206-296-0881

NOTE: SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOUR ELIGIBILITY.


How to get help: