Basic Food Program. is a food & nutrition program for individuals & families who meet income guidelines. Formerly, known as the food stamp program.
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is a food & nutrition program for individuals & families who meet income guidelines. Formerly, known as the food stamp program.
Basic Food helps people to afford a nutritious diet by providing eligible households an electronic benefits card & monthly benefits to buy food at participating grocery stores.
Income limits are 200% of the federal poverty level!
Persons considered PRUCOL are legally in the U.S., but do not have an official status as a qualified alien with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Immigrants, such as applicants for political asylum or withholding of deportation, who have not yet received a final order are considered PRUCOL.
If individuals are undocumented they are not eligible to get benefits for themselves……….HOWEVER, if they have US Citizen Children or children with legal documentation & social security number they can apply for them.
Although the entire household is listed on the application, only the US Citizen child will get benefits.
DSHS is not required to turn over Basic Food applications/information over to INS.
If persons are sharing a residence & they:
Buy food together;
Prepare meals together; or
Buy food and prepare meals together
They are considered part of the household size & their income will be included to determine eligibility.
If the client applying has a biological, adoptive or step child living with them under the age of 22, they are always considered part of the household size….even if they don’t share the food.
(YES) When someone shares your home (except children under age 22) DSHS will ALWAYS want to know if they:
If the person applying does not currently buy and prepare food separately from others in the home only because they have no food or money to buy food, they can apply and only their income will count.
Shared Living Arrangement Form
Yes. DSHS considers someone a student if they are:
How does DSHS define as a institution of higher education?
Students must also meet one the following:
No! A certificate-only program does not require a diploma or GED. Karen is not considered to be enrolled in an institution of higher education. Karen is not considered a student for Basic Food.
And they must buy, cook & prepare their food separately.
Works at least twenty hours a week averaged monthly; or
Participates in and complies with the requirements of a work program for twenty hours or more per week; or
Participates in a workfare program
(WAC 388-444-0035 has more exemptions)
They use two methods to estimate income:
DSHS does not accept the following deductions on the self-employment worksheet:
What if a client did not file a tax return?
Self Employment Worksheet DSHS 07-042B
Self-employment is complicated. And when a client has an LLC or Corporation that’s even more problematic!
Employer statement by telephone or in writing
Bank statement that shows direct deposits (many deposits show the net amount, client may need to show gross income)
Statement of collateral Information
Monthly benefits will vary depending on the number of people in the household, income & living expenses.
Recipients also automatically qualify for the
Telephone Assistance Program
Free lunch program for their children
Meet the income test for WIC
In most cases clients can do an interview over the phone or they can go into a local CSO between 8:00-2:00 each day for an in-person interview.You can apply and receive benefits the same day even if the case is not considered expedited. Applications that are completed on line or mailed need to show up in their ACES computer system before the client can have an interview.
Effective date of approval
Once approved coverage will start on the date the application was received.
What if the client misses their appointment?
If a client fails to keep or reschedule their interview in the first 30 calendar days after their application is received their application will be denied on the 30th day. If the client is still interested in Basic Food benefits, they will need to reapply. Benefits will be based on your second application date.
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