KWA Food Education and Outreach Program
KWA partners with Washington State DSHS to provide basic food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The KWA advantage includes friendly assistance from people who speak the applicant’s language, personal assistance in applying for food assistance (in home or convenient nearby KWA office), follow up after the application process, and quicker service compared to the DSHS.
Participating in Basic Food has other benefits including:
- Enrollment in free school meals for school-aged children
- Qualification for low-cost local phone service through the Washington Telephone Assistance Program (WTAP)
- Shows your family meets the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) income test.
Am I Eligible? How Much Would I Get Each Month?
Eligibility for Basic Food is based on your monthly income (before taxes) and your household size. We also look at your regular expenses, such as rent and child care, to determine what your benefits will be.
What Can I Buy With Basic Food?
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service sets rules on what SNAP / Basic Food benefits can be used for.
Basic Food benefits can be used to buy:
- 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
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