Food Assistance Resources

food resourcesHaving enough nutritious food is important for your family. It is especially important for your child's development and key to your child's success in school. There are programs and resources to help your family get the food you need, and we can help you get connected to these benefits.

Basic Food

Basic Food program, or food stamps, help 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.


WIC is a nutrition program for pregnant women, new and breastfeeding moms, and children under five. It provides Monthly eWIC benefits for healthy food, health screenings and referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support. Learn more.

School Meal Programs

The School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program provides meals for kids enrolled in schools, from pre-kindergarten through high school. Kids in families that meet the income guideline can get meals for free or reduced price. Visit your school district's website for application materials. View the income guideline. 

Summer Meals

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

Food Banks

Food banks provide groceries for immediate help in making ends meet. Call the Help Me Grow Washington Hotline at 1-888-436-6392. Find a food bank.