Food Access

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Food Assistance Programs and Services at WSDA

In addition to programs that directly affect Washington's agricultural community, WSDA leads state and federal food assistance programs to ensure that lower-income individuals and families can access food.  We serve hungry people by providing food, funding, logistics services and outreach to hunger relief providers and tribes.  

What is food assistance?

WSDA contracts with hunger relief agencies in every county in Washington to ensure government-funded food assistance resources are available to lower-income people across the state.  In addition to state-funded programs, we administer USDA programs that bring millions of dollars worth of funding and domestically-grown food into food banks, food pantries, and meal programs.  In 2018, these programs fed one in six Washingtonians.  

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Access Food Assistance Near You

WSDA partners with a network of hunger relief agencies to work toward a common vision of alleviating hunger in Washington.  Programs are available across the state to provide food to lower-income people - hours of availability & services vary from agency to agency. 

We can help you find our closest partner in your area who will be able to help you determine what programs you're eligible for and to find the closest food banks, food pantries, and meal programs near you.   

Food Assistance Programs and Services

Through active engagement and partnerships, we strengthen the hunger relief system, improve access to nutritious and safe foods, and ensure regulatory compliance, while honoring our connections with agriculture. We currently offer three state-funded programs: Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP), EFAP Tribal and the Farm to Food Pantry (F2FP) initiative.  We also administer three USDA programs: The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), and the temporary Trade Mitigation Program (TMP).  

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Hunger Relief Agency Hub

If you work or volunteer with a hunger relief agency that contracts with WSDA for food or funding, visit our hunger relief agency hub to find forms, program procedures manuals, required postings, civil rights materials, food inventory & ordering information, and other contract requirements information.  If you subcontract with a lead agency to participate in our programs, these program resources may also be helpful to you.  

Hunger Relief Resources

We know that hunger relief providers across the state are working hard to get ample nutritious and high quality food to their clients, and we have gathered resources ranging from recipes for clients to donor guidance that can support this effort. Read on for various donation guides, detailed information about Good Samaritan Act protections, food conservation and tips, and more. 

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Can't Find What You Need?

If you haven't been able to find the answer to your question, don't hesitate to contact a Food Assistance team member for general information, detailed program questions, or for help finding food assistance resources in your area. We are here to help! 

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