Get Help Finding Food

You can get fresh, healthy, and free food throughout the state. Find a community kitchen near you serving free meals and pick up free groceries at your local food bank. Learn about Washington State food programs that provide monthly funds to help you and your family purchase the foods you need.

Food programs

Food programs provide a monthly stipend to help you pay for groceries. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) is called Basic Food in our state. To qualify for Basic Food you must meet certain requirements for citizenship or immigration status, residency, and income. If you are ineligible for Basic Food because of immigration status, you can apply for the State Food Assistance Program. Women, infants, and children can access food benefits as well as nutrition education through The Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC).

Basic Food eligibility

Guide on how to apply and use Basic Food benefits

Apply online

Apply by phone

Apply in person at a Community Services Office

Use this tool to estimate your monthly Basic Food benefits

State Food Assistance Program


Food banks

Pick up free groceries today at a nearby food bank.

Find your local food bank

Food Lifeline food bank map

Northwest Harvest Food Access Network

Food pantries in Eastern Washington

Free meals

Find a meal site near you offering free hot meals or box lunches. Children who receive free or reduced-price school lunches can find free meals in the summer through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.

Sites serving free hot meals

Meal sites in Eastern Washington

Northwest Harvest Food Access Network

Find meals for kids

Not sure where to start?

The federal government operates a hotline for individuals and families who need information on how to find food. They can connect you with food providers in your community, government assistance programs, and other social services. For general help you can call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish) from Monday through Friday, 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT.

Learn more and call the USDA National Hunger Hotline for more help and resources on obtaining food.

You can also call 2-1-1 in Washington state at anytime during the day to get help finding food.