Important Changes to Basic Food Program (Food Stamps): Easier to Qualify
Beginning October 1, 2008, the Basic Food Program is expanding to help more people in Washington state get more food. The expansion is the result of increased income limits (up to 200% of federal poverty level), as well as asset and net income waivers.
Also known as the "food stamp program," Basic Food provides eligible households with an electronic benefit card (EBT) which can be used to buy food at participating grocery stores and farmers markets. Participants receive a monthly benefit amount which is determined by income, household size and living expenses.
The program changes make Basic Food more appealing and accessible to older adults:
- Easier to qualify—higher income limits: up to $1,734 for a household of one; $2,334 for 2 people.
- Easier to apply—applications are accepted online, or at any DSHS Community Service Office, and on the phone by calling 1-877-514-3663.
- Telephone discounts—people who receive Basic Food can also enroll in the Washington Telephone Assistance Program to receive low-cost local phone service.
Visit www.foodhelp.wa.gov to apply on-line, or call Senior I&A at 1-888-435-3377 (WA only), or (206) 448-3110.
Double Your Basic Food Benefit at the Columbia City Farmers Market
Through October 22, the Columbia City Farmers Market will be matching all EBT/Food Stamp transactions up to $20 per person per day.
How it works:
- Present your Quest EBT card at the information booth and request $20 in market tokens.
- Complete a short anonymous survey regarding the project.
- Receive the $20 you requested AND an extra $20—a total of $40 to spend on fresh, locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Columbia City Farmers Market is held on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and is located at 4801 Rainier Avenue South in Seattle.
This special offer is made possible by a one-time grant from a very generous anonymous donor. The matching program is available for only one transaction at a time, and can be used only once each week. For more information, call (206) 632-5234.