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DSHS - Community Services Offices

Washington Basic Food Program

9600 College Way N, Opportunity Center, Seattle, WA, 98103

Distance: 2048 Miles

(877) 501-2233


Contact Hours: M-F, 8am-5pm. Hours for application/eligibility interviews are 8am-3pm.

Travel Information: Call King County Metro at (206) 553-3000 or visit for public transit information.

Service Details

Service Description

The Basic Food Program (also called Food Stamp Program) helps low-income individuals and families obtain a more nutritious diet by supplementing their income with Basic Food benefits.
Monthly benefit amounts vary based on the number of people living in the household, income, and living expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities, childcare and child support.
Provides an ATM/debit-like card used to access food benefits to eligible low-income households.
Food Stamp guidelines are as follows:

  1. Exempt goods that may not be purchased with food stamps:

  2. Paper products

  3. Soap

  4. Cigarettes

  5. Pet food

  6. Non-edible household items

  7. Alcoholic beverages

  8. Time limits: Benefits do not expire and may be used at any time.

  9. Expedited service: Households defined as destitute and having little net monthly income or resources may be eligible for expedited service, i.e. they may be able to pick up their benefits no later than the fifth day following application if they are eligible for benefits.

Disaster Food Benefits
DSHS can replace EBT benefits for recipients of Washington's Basic Food program if food was lost due to a household disaster or misfortune, including events such as a house fire, long-term power outage, or other weather-related mishaps that were beyond the customer's control.
For DSHS to replace the benefits, the customer must report the loss within 10 days from the date the loss occurred.
DSHS will replace the value of the amount of food lost in the disaster, up to the total amount of the customer's monthly allotment of Basic Food.


  • Days of the Week
    • Friday 
    • Monday 
    • Thursday 
    • Tuesday 
    • Wednesday 
  • Languages other than English
    • Interpreter services 


Individuals residing in Washington state who meet income, resource and citizenship/alien status requirements.
Income must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Application Instructions

Call, go to website or visit any CSO to obtain an application.
After online or paper application is received, a letter will be sent regarding interview requirements.
Must be able to provide a Social Security number for everyone on the application.

Documents Required
- Proof of income (earned and unearned)
- Proof of living expenses
- Proof of child support expenses
- Proof of resources (anything that can be sold, traded, or converted into cash) and cash on hand



Business Hours

M-F, 8am-5pm.
Hours for application/eligibility interviews are 8am-3pm.

Area Served

ZIP codes 98103, 98105, 98107, 98115, 98117, 98125, 98133, 98145, 98155, 98160, 98165, 98175, 98177 and 98195.
Call for exact determination.


Phone Numbers

Type Number Hours
Main (877) 501-2233
EBT Quest Card Customer Service (888) 328-9271

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