Washington Food Stamps

In the state of Washington, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by the Department of Social and Health Services. The program is referred to as Basic Food, and it helps low-income people make ends meet by providing monthly benefits to purchase food that meets their basic nutritional needs. To receive these benefits, you must be eligible. You must meet citizenship, income, residency and resource requirements.

Once you’ve determined you’re eligible for Basic Food benefits, you should apply. You can apply online or at your local Community Services office. A copy of the application is available here. Once your application is submitted, you’ll have to go through an interview to verify your information. If you’re approved, you will be issued a Quest Card. This EBT card acts like a debit card. You can use the card to make purchases on eligible food items at participating stores. Simply swipe at the register and enter your four-digit PIN.


1. How can I check my EBT account balance?

To check your EBT account balance, log on to their website and enter your account information.

2. What are the income limits to receive SNAP benefits?

A breakdown of income limits is available online.

3. Where can I find more information about the Washington Basic Food Program?

More information about the program is available online, including eligibility requirements and definitions.

4. What is the Food Assistance Program?

The Food Assistance Program is a state-run program that provides benefits to legal immigrants who are not eligible for SNAP. More information is available online.

5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?

Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.

Contact: Washington Food Stamps.