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Making Healthy Food Accessible Programs, trainings, and resources to help people in Washington with food insecurity increase access to healthy meals.

Making Healthy Food Accessible


Friday Forum: Supporting School Nutrition Growth and Change


What’s Up Wednesday: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in WA SNAP-Ed


Friday Forum: Food Shopper Equity


What’s Up Wednesday: Working in Schools-direct ed, foodservice, PA and systems

Coronavirus/COVID-19 & SNAP-Ed

Learn more about coronavirus/COVID-19 in Washington state and find resources for SNAP-Ed programming in response to site closures and the health and safety of our participants and providers.

News from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Happy New Federal Fiscal Year! Our FFY 2022 State Plan was approved by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and the updated plan is posted on the administration page (link below). As we begin the second year of our three-year plan, keep in mind how your work can align with the state priorities: Work Across the Social Ecological Model, Support Food security and Healthy Food Access, Active Living and Collaboration with Representation.

Look Here for the FFY22 Plan!
Bowl with green and red apples in it

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Stories & Impacts

Rural schoolchildren try new, healthy foods with Harvest of the Month

Harvest of the Month display board. Elementary schoolchildren in the rural community of Touchet, Wash., encountered farm-grown fruits and vegetables and learned about the benefits of a healthy diet through the Harvest of the Month…
Healthy plants in a hydroponic system under lights.

Partnership brings year-round fresh produce to those in need

Fresh produce in winter can be hard to find for a community food pantry.
Young girl holding two whisks in a kitchen.

When schools shut down, WSU Extension brought meal kits and seed starters to local families

When the announcement came in early 2020 that Thurston and Lewis County Schools would be online only due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff of Thurston County Washington State University Extension snapped into action to…
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Connecting Participants to Food Assistance Programs

Staff involved in the Washington State SNAP-Ed program play an important role in helping people we serve connect to food assistance programs across the state. We hope everyone takes time to review these programs and the benefits they have to offer. Connecting participants to food assistance can help people live healthier lives.

Below is information and links to food access programs in the state of Washington:

Washington Connectionoffers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services. There are a number of services you can link SNAP-Ed participants to help them access healthy food. In addition, Washington Connections provides a variety of food resources.

There are Community Services Offices (CSO) across the state that provide many DSHS services.

Providers can find information about how to help SNAP participants access healthy food through FINI funded programs here:  SNAP-Ed, FINI and Opportunities for Complete Eats 

Little boy holding apple and Comple Eats shopping bag.