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.

Text "FOOD" to 96859

Help is just a text message away. Text "FOOD" to 96859 to get help accessing short-term food resources and nutrition assistance programs. View our flyer to learn more about our texting campaign. 

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.

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

Due to COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals can get extra food benefits, called P-EBT. P-EBT benefits help Washington families buy food when schools are closed or have reduced in-person attendance. Call our Help Me Grow Washington Hotline at 1-800-322-2588 or visit the DSHS website to learn more.

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program

WIC is a nutrition program for pregnant women, new and breastfeeding moms, and children younger than 5. It provides monthly checks 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. Complete the application and bring to your child's school. Visit Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's (OSPI) website to view the income guidelines and get the meal application.

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 1-800-322-2588 or visit our Resource Finder, to find a food bank near you.