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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Stretch Your Food Dollars

Program Contact: Linda Mathews, SNAP-Ed Program Manager
(253) 798-7154 • lmathews@wsu.edu

Basic Food and Washington Connection

Basic Food, commonly known as SNAP benefits, is a federal food assistance program. Basic Food benefits are loaded on an EBT card and can be used just like a debit card at any stores that accepts SNAP. To see if you qualify for these benefits visit Washington Connection. It is a fast and easy way to apply for social services that will help you get healthy food.  Follow this link:

Washington Connection and SNAP Eligibility

 

SNAP Market Match

SNAP Market Match is a statewide program that helps EBT-cardholders increase their ability to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers markets. Double your EBT benefits when you spend $10 or more per day at participating farmers markets.

Individuals and families who receive Market Match dollars can use extra funds on fresh fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, and seeds that produce food. Use the link below to find out which Pierce County farmers markets are participating in SNAP Market Match.

SNAP Market Match Participating Locations- Pierce County

Senior Farmer Market Nutrition Program

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low-income seniors with vouchers to purchase produce from participating farmers markets and roadside stands. Registration begins May 11th and will continue through June 19th, or until all vouchers are claimed. Seniors eligible for farmers market vouchers must meet eligibility criteria and submit an application online or by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600. Visit the Pierce County’s Aging & Disability Resources website for more information. Use the link below to find out which farmers markets accept SFMNP vouchers.

SFMNP Participating Locations – Pierce County

 

Complete Eats

Safeway shoppers can earn a $3 coupon on their next fruit and vegetable purchase each time they buy at least $10 worth of qualifying fruits and vegetables using their EBT card and Safeway Club Card. Qualifying fruits and vegetables include fresh, canned, or frozen options, so long as the fruits or vegetables have no added fat, sugars, or salt. Visit the link below to find out more information on Complete Eats.

Complete Eats FAQs

 

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program

Because of COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. P-EBT is one-time food benefit program to help families buy groceries. Use this flowchart to see if you qualify.

To apply, visit the Washington Connection homepage. Visit K12.wa.us/PEBT for complete information about the program. All information is translated into 8 different languages. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday August 31, 2020.