Food Assistance

food assistance programsHaving enough nutritious food is important for your family, and is one of the keys for your children to succeed in school. Programs and resources are available to help your family get the food you need.

The Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC provides healthy foods, nutrition tips, breastfeeding help and referrals to pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under the age of five. With WIC you can receive checks for up to $50 to buy healthy foods at your local grocery store. Getting WIC will not affect your immigration status. WIC is an equal opportunity program. Learn more about the WIC program.

Basic Food

Basic Food is the name for the food stamp program in Washington State. Basic Food helps eligible families buy food with an Electronic Benefits Transfer Card (EBT). EBT cards work like debit cards. You can spend your monthly benefits in participating grocery stores. Learn more about the Basic Food program.

Summer Meals

Summer Meals provide free meals and snacks to all kids and teens (18 years old and younger) during the summer months (June through August). Learn more about Summer Meals.

Food Banks

Food banks are another resource in your community. If you find yourself running out of food at the end of the month, or skipping meals so that your children will have enough to eat, your local food bank can help. Food banks provide groceries for immediate help in making ends meet. Call the Family Food Hotline at 1-888-436-6392.

Use our Resource Finder to find Food Banks near you.