More and more people are searching for ways to stretch their paycheck each month. For some, the Basic Food program may be the answer. The Basic Food program provides funds to help qualifying applicants purchase nutritious food each month. The benefit card can be used just like a debit card and is now eligible to more people.

How do I qualify?

By simply dialing 2-1-1, the trained specialists at South Sound 2-1-1 can provide application assistance and even tell you whether or not you are eligible. The process is done over the phone and eligibility can be determined in about five minutes. From there, 2-1-1 can also help callers complete the Basic Food application. On average, the process takes about 20 minutes to complete. There is no waiting in line and South Sound 2-1-1 can also check the status of your application once it has been submitted.

Who is Eligible?

New income eligibility criteria for the Basic Food program means that people who may not have qualified in the past may now be eligible for assistance. Single individuals, students, families with children, home owners and immigrants are all eligible for the Basic Food program.
To find out if you are eligible or to apply for the Basic Food program, dial 2-1-1.