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Information about who qualifies for emergency food assistance and what to do if you are denied. #7301EN

Please Note:

Read this only if you live in the state of Washington.

Frequently Asked Questions

Maybe, if one of these is true:

  • Your income for the month is $150 or less and you have limited cash available to you.
  • Your income and available cash are not enough to pay your rent or mortgage and utilities.

WAC 388-406-0015

It will depend on your income and any expenses you have, such as housing and medical.

*If you do agricultural field work, there may be different eligibility requirements for you.

It depends. DSHS does not count all types of income when deciding if you are eligible. Examples: They do not count tax refunds and some child support payments. WAC 388-450-0015.

Maybe. You can get more help if the President (WAC 388-437-0001) or Governor (WAC 388-436-0055) has declared an emergency or disaster where you live.

You can


You can appeal. Here is how you appeal:

  • Ask in writing for an administrative hearing. Write the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH):

    Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH)
    P.O. Box 42488
    Olympia, WA 98504


  • Call the local DSHS office. Ask for the Administrative Hearing Coordinator.


If it is an emergency, call OAH at (360) 407-2700 or 1-800-583-8271. Ask them to hold the hearing as soon as possible. This is an “expedited” hearing. Read Representing Yourself at an Administrative Hearing to learn more.

Visit Northwest Justice Project to find out how to get legal help. 

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Last Review and Update: Sep 30, 2021
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