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Your Washington Food Stamps Card Can Do This?!

(Last Updated On: November 8, 2018)

You can do more than just buy groceries with that Washington food stamps card! If you’ve got a Washington food stamps card, then you can get some amazing free and reduced admission deals at venues across Washington State!

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Amazon offers discounted Amazon Prime memberships for customers who receive EBT or Medicaid benefits! You’ll need to verify that you receive food stamps or Medicaid to get this incredible price.

Cell phones and service may be available FREE in your area! Choose a provider here.

Lime Bike Share offers a Lime Access program. This program serves anyone who can prove that they are eligible for or participating in a state or federal assistance program. This includes food stamps, WIC, Medicaid or other benefits. For more information and application instructions, click here. 

Plant a garden! You can buy seeds and produce-bearing plants with your EBT card! It’s actually part of the federal food stamps law.

Student loan payments could be as low as ZERO dollars per month with an income based repayment plan!

Summer food services offer free meals for children 18 and under during the summer months when free and low-cost school meals aren’t available.

You may also qualify for these programs!

Internet from Comcast, CenturyLink, AT&T and more for just $5-$10 per month?! It’s true! Click here to see all the discounted Internet programs you could qualify for.

Power companies often have low income programs, including special low rates or free home improvement services! We received over $18,000 in free home improvements through these programs. Discover what your company offers here.

Property tax exemptions are often available for low income seniors and disabled veterans! For more info on what it is and how to apply, contact your local county assessor’s office. We even received a refund for the last two years of property taxes!

Veterinary care assistance is available! If you have a pet, then you need to know about these agencies that may be able to assist with your pet’s vet bills.

YMCA organizations often have discounts for low income families! Contact your local YMCA for details.

Wait — you can’t afford to miss this!

You could qualify for more food stamps funds! Groceries are expensive. It’s tough to make ends meet when you have, on average, $1.40 per meal. That’s why we dug into the law to find ways that our readers could legally get even more food stamps funds. We found way more than we expected! Surprisingly, there are a lot of ways you can increase your food stamps budget! Here’s what you need to do to get more food stamps money each month.

You can even get cash back from your food stamps card! It’s true and it’s legal – no cash benefits required. One of our readers earned an additional $437.84 just by shopping with her food stamps card. She uses that extra money to buy diapers, wipes and other essentials. Here’s how.

Did you know your Washington food stamps could do this?!

You can buy gift baskets and even shop at Costco with your food stamps card!

Buy gift baskets and more! No joke – this is all part of the actual federal food stamps law. Here’s a list of unexpected things you can actually buy with your food stamps funds. 

Shop at these retailers! Did you know that Costco, farmer’s markets and even you-pick strawberry fields can accept EBT benefits? Some retailers even give you discounts or free stuff if you shop there with your food stamps card! See a list of surprising places you can use your Washington food stamps card here!

Organic delivery services run by community-supported agriculture programs may also accept EBT. City Grown Seattle accepts EBT! I also know that Mother Nature’s Organics in Lake Stevens, Helsing Junction Farm in Rochester, Uprising Organics in Whatcom County, Dandelion Organic Delivery in Bellingham and Jericho Farm in Concrete all accept EBT. You can always ask your local CSA program if they accept EBT! Thanks, Mary!

Safeway Delivery may be available for disabled EBT shoppers. The corporate Safeway website says: “If you are a person with a disability who uses EBT benefits and needs to use Safeway’s home grocery delivery service because of disability, please call 1-877-505-4040 or email us at: [email protected]

Leonardi’s Pizza (inside Winco) will accept EBT for take and bake. Want it cooked? Pay $1 cash per pizza! Thanks, Jessica!

Bertoglio’s Pizza in Eatonville accepts EBT for take and bake items! Thanks, Kelly!

Hot & ready pizzas at 7/11! Buy a frozen pizza at select 7/11 locations and they’ll cook it for you on site! Thanks, Juliann!

Community Cycling Center (in Portland) offers a 20% discount to EBT cardholders. On our Oregon EBT benefits post, Melinda wrote, “I work at the Community Cycling Center and wanted to let you know that we offer a 20% shop discount when you show us your Oregon Trail/Washington Quest/equivalent EBT or Medicaid card. The discount is good for new and used parts and accessories, repair services, and all bike and frame sales.”

Get discounted admission with Washington food stamps!

Because we want this list to be easy for you to use, we’ve organized this list alphabetically by city and used green titles to indicate museums that accept EBT cards from all 50 states.

It is important to realize that you cannot pay for admission with your Washington food stamps card. You will show the EBT card to receive the discount but you will need to pay the remaining admission price, if any, in cash or with a credit/debit card.

Bainbridge Island

Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) – $1 per person

KiDiMu is certainly a wonderland for kids, with features including a pirate tree house, a science and literacy hall, a town and a toddler zone! As soon as you show your EBT card, you’ll get admission for just $1 per person for all members of your immediate household.


KidsQuest Children’s Museum – $3 per person

If you have both an EBT card and photo ID, then you can pay just $3 for up to four people to play at KidsQuest Children’s Museum. Children who are less than one year old are always free.

On the third Thursday of the month, admission is always just $1 each between 5pm and 8pm.


Whatcom Museum – Discounted Memberships

The Whatcom Museum may offer discounted memberships to low income families. However, details are scarce and their website suggests that you should email them for more information.


Imagine Children’s Museum -$3 per person

Designed with kids ages 1-12 in mind, Imagine Children’s Museum encourages children to experiment, pretend, splash, think, wander, create and explore. Meander past the giant tree to discover the wildlife clinic, drama stage, railroad, an airplane and so much more!


Maryhill Museum of Art – $2 per person

The Maryhill Museum of Art provides discounted admission whenever they are open through the Museums for All program. They also offer 2-for-1 admission on Wednesdays and other free admission programs!


Hands On Children’s Museum – Free Admission

Got a  Washington food stamps card? You can receive FREE admission to Hands on Children’s Museum just by showing both your photo ID and EBT card!

If you are receiving food stamps, having difficult financial circumstances, or eligible for free or reduced lunches, then you may be eligible for a free or reduced visit. You may even qualify for a free or discounted 6 month membership (which can be renewed)! Click here for more information.

No EBT card? Sounds Fun Mom has a great post about how anyone can get discounts at Hands on Children’s Museum!


REACH Museum – $2 per person

The REACH Museum provides thorough, educational exhibits that bring the history, wildlife and geology of the region to life. Exhibits and educational programming showcases the impact of various events, including both the Ice Age and the Manhattan Project.


Living Computers: Museum + Labs – $1 daily admission OR $10 Family Memberships

Bring proof of eligibility to the Living Computers: Museum + Labs to receive their Access rate. If you are eligible for any form of public assistance (including WIC, free/reduced school lunches, Washington food stamps, Medicaid, etc.) or are a registered foster home, then you are eligible for the Access rate. Just bring proof of assistance to the Museum during business hours (Thursday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm) for entry.

Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) – $2 per person

Discover the history and the future of the great city of Seattle with the rare objects, historic images and hands-on exhibits offered by MOHAI. Permanent exhibits include True Northwest, Maritime Seattle and the Bezos Center for Innovation. Temporary Exhibits include the Kid-struction zone, Edible City and more. Click here to see what’s happening at MOHAI today!

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) – FREE

GUYS! I just called MoPop today and confirmed this. YOU CAN GET IN FREE WITH A FOOD STAMPS CARD! You can bring three guests with you, too! That’s FOUR people into MoPop FREE with your food stamps card, for a savings of up to $112 for four adults!!!

Pacific Science Center (PacSci) – Family Memberships for $19/YEAR

The Pacific Science Center has an incredible access membership for families who are receiving public assistance (including both Medicaid and Washington Food Stamps). It’s just $19 PER YEAR for up to 2 adults and 6 children! Get all the details – including sign up information – by clicking here. Thanks to Tiffany for this incredible tip!

Seattle Children’s Museum – $1 per person

Bring your Washington food stamps or ProviderOne Card to Seattle Children’s Museum and receive special discounted admission! Food stamps (EBT) cards enable you to visit the museum for just $1 per person for the entire family. A ProviderOne card enables the person named on the card to play for $1, as well.

Seattle Children’s Theatre – $20 per family

Families with a current WA food stamps card can get up to two adult tickets for $10 each and six FREE children’s tickets! Children must be accompanyed by an adult. Weekend performances must be purchased day-of-show but Thursday and Friday performances may be purchased up to two weeks in advance.

Southeast Seattle Tool Library – $25 per YEAR

Adults who are at least age 18 can borrow tools (including power tools) from the Southeast Seattle Tool Library! They offer a low income membership of just $25 per YEAR which allows you to borrow tools for up to a week at a time. If nobody else is waiting for the tool, then you can renew and keep it longer.

Woodland Park Zoo – $5 per person

If you have WIC or EBT, then you can get $5 per person tickets to Woodland Park Zoo! You can purchase tickets for up to six family members. You must be a Washington State resident to use this discount.

These discounted tickets are only available between September 4, 2018, and March 31, 2019.

In August 2018, they also offered a limited number of $35 per year memberships for families who receive EBT or WIC in Washington State. The pass covers two adults and up to six children under 18 years old. They are offering this to the first 2,000 people who apply between August 1 and August 30, 2018.


Foss Waterway Seaport – $2 per person

I’m very excited that Foss Waterway Seaport is participating in Museums for All. They offer admission for just $2 per person for two adults and up to four children with each Washington food stamps card!

In addition to the magnificent ships you can sometimes see there, Foss Waterway Seaport also features a wonderful museum and boat shop. Here, you can learn about the environment, people, history, commerce and unique stories of the Tacoma area and the Puyallup tribe. When we went, our kids especially loved the train exhibits!

This place is fantastic! We went there a while ago to see the tall ships (including the Lady Washington, which was the Interceptor on Pirates of the Caribbean) and my kids dressed up as vikings and pirates for the occasion!

Foss Waterway Seaport Tacoma $2 EBT admission Washington food stamps
Our little pirate loved our trip to Foss Waterway Seaport!

The History Museum – $1 for an individual OR $2 for the whole family

My kids love the History Museum. The front desk offers a fun scavenger hunt that kids can solve for a reward. There are also several interactive stations and dress-up spots. The wall-to-wall model railroad upstairs is my son’s favorite place. There is also a kid-friendly theater area, computers and other interactive exhibits.

The Tacoma Art Museum – $1 for an individual OR $2 for the whole family

The Tacoma Art Museum, located at 1701 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma, is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday. On the third Thursday of the month, admission is free between 5pm and 8pm.

The Museum of Glass – $1 for an individual OR $2 for the whole family

The Museum of Glass, located at 1801 Dock Street in Tacoma, is open from 10am to 5pm Wednesday through Saturday and from 12pm to 5pm on Sunday. Free admission is offered between 5pm and 8pm on the third Thursday of the month.

Kids 12 years old and younger are invited to sketch an original design and submit it to the Kids Design Glass program. Each month, the Hot Shop Team selects one entry to create. The designer’s family is invited to return to the museum, free of charge, and sit in the front row in the Hot Shop to watch the team create the sculpture. The artist of the entry receives a sculpture of their design and an identical sculpture is placed in the Kids Design Glass collection at the museum.

Tacoma Children’s Museum – Donations Only

The Tacoma Children’s Museum operates on a “pay as you will” admission, which means that each person pays whatever they can afford. An EBT or Provider One card is not required.

My kiddos at Tacoma Children’s Museum

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171 thoughts on “Your Washington Food Stamps Card Can Do This?!”

      1. In Washington you’re also eligible to get your drivers license for only $5. Lady assisting me at the DMV told me that which was a life safer! Normally you pay $69. I was new to the state and was having a horrible time financially.

      1. Mr. J’s pizza located in hillyard of Spokane is a take n bake that delivers and they take food stamps for the pizza and other foods. Then it’s only $1.50 in cash if you want your order cooked before you get it. That’s per order not item. And they have a huge delivery area, 10 miles I think.

      2. Hi Dennys in Tacoma on Hosmer street takes food stamps. And just a fyi your worker has access too loik at all of your purchases that you make with your ebt card. They pull it uo more often than not. I am a former employee also i am a foodstamp recipient as some would say. People that get food stamps need them my kids are hungry and with stamps i can feed there little tummies. So before passing judgment on these mothers that treat themselves think for a minute and realize that not everyones situation is the same some of us have disabled children that need round the clock care so we cant hold down a regular job we are degree having educated parents that are down on our luck dont b closed minded.

        1. I totally understand! I have two disabled children and a disabled vet husband, how is it approved if it’s hot food or are you referring to EBT cash?

      1. That’s a great way to treat yourself! 🙂 I really appreciate these comments – I had no idea that an EBT card could be used at any Starbucks!

    1. Yes this is true. I have gotten cold drinks from the Safeway store Starbucks here in my town with my EBT card.

  1. This ia true. Only at safeway with a starbucks inside. You see the card reader is the same as the ones at the registers and then yes you swipe as normal. They didmt stop me from getting a hot drink. Also safeway deli you can use ebt.

      1. you can only buy cold food at the Safeway Deli. any food item that has a tax attached to it and you try to use your SNAP card the charge will not go through. Now if you’re using EBT cash card then you can buy hot prepared food. There’s a Safeway in Federal Way where the store will take the hot prepared food and put in the refrigerated section and put a sticker on it saying that EBT SNAP can be used to purchase it. And I wish more Safeways would do that because cooking sucks.

  2. Catherine Barker

    In Spanaway on Mtn. Hwy & B st there is a 76 station with a Subway inside. You can use you Ebt. there to get sandwiches. 😉

    1. I’ll keep looking! 🙂 I haven’t found any other places that take EBT cards as admission yet, but I have found some other interesting uses for EBT cards. I will post another comment and let you know as soon as I find something specific to Auburn. Thanks for your comment, Melissa!

  3. Maybe if we’re getting food stamps, the priority shouldn’t be $5 – $6 iced coffee. That’s two gallons of milk, or peanut butter & bread, or rice & beans, etc. Just my opinion.

    1. I can understand where you’re coming from. If someone is buying a lot of those coffees, it could definitely be an abuse. However, I think an occasional treat is completely understandable. I’ve had to use food stamps before and sometimes, when everything else is going wrong in your life, spending a few dollars on something special can really make a difference. It’s incredible what a little pick-me-up can do to help you feel motivated and able to keep moving forward with your life. Of course, that’s just my opinion. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

      1. I think being at a point where having to get government help is bad enough on a family let them have some normalcy we need to be kind loving and good to each other I take people in buy them food and yes a coffee and a sweet I love humanity

    2. Ty for sharing the cool facts about museums and such. But I must say I agree with this lady stop abusing state assistance! state wants to give me is 16$ in stamps , and I work part time pay taxes and live like a decent human. Can anyone tell me how is 16$ going to last a month? yet so many people abuse the system and get plenty more! I have known and seen so many people buy stuff coffee subway ext, they shouldn’t with their cards then leave in a nice vegicle, while someone who is homeless or living out of a car gets $16 to suffice them for the whole entire month. it’s bologna if you want to treat yourself make that [stuff] at home it’s not hard to burn your coffee and add flavor to it!

      1. I can understand why you feel that way. Someone who is homeless or living in a car should be eligible for more benefits than that, as well as additional funds (such as Diversion Cash Assistance, TANF, etc). If you’re in a difficult situation and need help, just let me know approximately what city you’re in and I’ll see what I can find.

        I am not trying to encourage abuse of the system in this post but I’m also not going to stand in judgment of those who choose to treat themselves occasionally. When I did receive food stamps several years ago, our family used our EBT cards at Papa Murphy’s once a month. When you’re broke and doing the best you can, sometimes a little luxury like that can offer a tremendous morale boost – and I believe that sometimes a bit of hope and encouragement can be far more valuable than the few dollars spent.

        Even though we disagree, I would like to say thank you for visiting LowIncomeRelief.com! I did edit your comment a bit for language, but I do appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

      2. lets not get down on some unfortunate people for wanting a coffee or their child a sweet wait till really hard times come bet those people that get help will help you they know how to feed themselves on next to no funds at all

      3. It saddens me how hard these peoples hearts are. I had a middle class life and then a rare illness struck me. Washington is a work at will state. I was fired when I gave my work my Dr note for missing one day at work & saying I must quit working because of my progressive illness. My disability insurance of course was canceled. Quite legal here. No lawyer would take my case without a big retainer and said they honestly would lose. All of you believe I should never again in my lifetime have lunch between Dr appointments at a fast food place. Never take my grandkids to a zoo or Museum .

        1. I’m so sorry, Anita. It saddens me, too. You can be sure that I don’t feel that way at all! I’m happy to help you find any resources you may need. In fact, we’re currently developing a Washington assistance map at GetHelpMap.com!

          1. Hi, Joanna! “Work at will” means that your employer can fire you at any time and for any reason (with very few exceptions).

      4. I too, only get $16 a month for me and my child. I’m on disability and my rent went up I have been trying to get ahead, but it’s not working

        1. I’m so sorry, Joanna! If you let me know where you’re located (city or county), I can see what resources are available to help you with the rent or whatever other needs you may have. 🙂

  4. You can use ebt food benefits to pay for fruit and vegetable seeds in the gardening section… grow your own food 🙂

    1. It looks like some of the local Farmer’s Markets accept EBT – and so do Schwans trucks! I added some new content to the blog post. If I find anything else specific to Sequim, I’ll be sure to let you know. Thanks for asking, Kathi! 🙂

  5. You can also buy your fruit and vegetable seeds at sunny farms with your EBT card. Get a garden growing!!! Fruit trees I meant to say

    1. I haven’t found anywhere else that takes EBT as admission yet, but I have found some other ways that EBT cards can be used (Costco, Schawns trucks, that sort of thing). I’ve updated the post with what I’ve found, but I’ll let you know as soon as I find something specific to Moses Lake. Thanks for commenting, Natasha! 🙂

    1. I’m only sure about the ones I listed. I’d definitely recommend calling the other ones, though! Policies change all the time and you can never be sure unless you ask. 🙂

    1. I’ll check and see what I can find in your zip code. I haven’t found any other website to look this up, which is why I created one… but I’ll let you know what I find! 🙂

    1. You can find stores near that area that accept EBT using this link. I’m happy to help but sometimes it’s harder to find resources in rural areas. Is there anything specific that you’re interested in?

    1. Great question! I haven’t found any places that accept EBT as admission in Vancouver but I do know that food stamps are accepted at the Salmon Creek and Camas Farmers Markets. I’ll keep looking and let you know what else I find… and I’ll try to get a post out about Portland, Oregon resources within the next few days!

  6. I believe you can buy not only seeds but live plant’s, as well, so long as they are fruits, vegetables and culinary herbs.

    1. I have heard that it does work at some Walmart Subways but not all of them. Under state rules, it shouldn’t work at all… but our lawmakers have decided that enforcing that law would cost more than it’s worth. The only one I know of that definitely accepts it is the one I listed in the article above. If I find any others, I’ll be sure to let you know! 🙂

  7. If you don’t like the helpful things that she is posting for people then don’t read it take the time to leave nasty comments. We all learned from our mothers at a young age ” if you don’t have something nice to say then don’t say anything at all” leave this woman and her site alone

    1. Awesome! Thanks, Julie! I’m planning on doing a write-up of free museum days as well. I’ll make sure to include this!

  8. you can only buy cold food at the Safeway Deli. any food item that has a tax attached to it and you try to use your SNAP card the charge will not go through. Now if you’re using EBT cash card then you can buy hot prepared food. There’s a Safeway in Federal Way where the store will take the hot prepared food and put in the refrigerated section and put a sticker on it saying that EBT SNAP can be used to purchase it. And I wish more Safeways would do that because cooking sucks when one has no idea how to cook like me. I also work and I only get SNAP, no cash benefits however the state puts one dollar cash once a year on my SNAP cards, and if I fail to use that cash they will take away my SNAP benefits. So I always have to go to a dollar store and buy a one dollar item. I remember once there was only one penny of cash on the card and I has to tell a safeway worker to make it so I could spend that one penny.

    1. It’s crazy that they would take away the benefits over $1 in cash. I’m glad you found a way to make it work! 🙂 And thanks for that awesome tip about the hot foot in the refrigerated section!

  9. Something to add with Scwhanns- you can order online and they’ll deliver, but there is a small delivery fee that can NOT be charged to EBT (I think it’s something like $3, but they can’t let you keep your order if you’re unable to pay it). Otherwise it’s great for things like juice, and quick snack/meal ideas, and a great way to take some stress out of shopping.

    1. Yes! That’s an important piece to remember. I just edited the post to emphasize that. Thanks for visiting our website and taking the time to leave a comment! 🙂

  10. I get food stamps and I don’t know how anyone has enough left over to buy any expensive premade food. I think they are supplementing with the food bank or someone elses income. I suppose they may be eating cheaper unhealthy food. I do feel for the working parents that still don’t make enough for food and are too exhausted to cook every night. But remember theres working families that don’t have enough to buy food, people on expensive special diets, Homeless that have to shop at convenience stores or someone with no transportation so the foodbank can get spread mighty thin. I would rather bring a travel mug of home brewed coffee then tax the system but Im glad a homeless person can warm up at Starbucks. Lets not take advantage though!

    1. I completely agree! Taking advantage of the system is not cool and I absolutely do not encourage it. When our family was on food stamps, I made sure to shop smart. We went to grocery stores that were going out of business, shopped in bulk and planned meals. I made freezer dinners so that some of our food would be convenient. With the money we saved, we were able to go to Papa Murphy’s occasionally and enjoy other occasional treats (although I still think that a $10 Papa Murphy’s pizza that feeds a whole family is more economical than some of the pizzas in the freezer section!). I try to avoid judging how people spend their EBT funds because I was often judged harshly and unfairly. I know I don’t have all the facts about anyone else’s situation.

  11. The subway in the 76th gas station across from Beverley elementary allows debt as long as it is not heated. (5208 168th st sw)

    1. Great question, Mary! Full Circle sells their produce at farmers markets that accept EBT but they don’t do deliveries with EBT. However, other local organic produce delivery services accept EBT. I was able to confirm that Mother Nature’s Organics in Lake Stevens, Helsing Junction Farm in Rochester, Uprising Organics in Whatcom County, Dandelion Organic Delivery in Bellingham and Jericho Farm in Concrete all accept EBT. I’m sure there are more, but those are the ones I was able to find so far. I’d recommend asking your local community-supported agriculture (CSA) program! 🙂

  12. where i love safeway does not allow you to pay using your EBT card for disabled people. They told me some federal thing wont allow them to accept EBT as payment for food that’s delivered for disabled people who cannot otherwise shop. this is in puyallup. Cash only

    1. That’s interesting! The corporate Safeway website says this: “Safeway offers its customers with disabilities an equal opportunity to use Safeway’s services. If you are a person with a disability who uses EBT benefits and needs to use Safeway’s home grocery delivery service because of disability, please call 1-877-505-4040 or email us at: [email protected].”

      I’d give them a call (or send an email), because they should be able to contact your local store to clarify the rules. 🙂

      You can read more about Safeway’s corporate rules here: http://www.safeway.com/ShopStores/Shopping-Help.page

      1. I did call Safeway’s number about this very issue in July of this year. I asked if EBT was available for delivery in Washington; it is not. I also asked when they anticipated getting the service and they had no answer. I had reason to believe it’s an issue handled by the government, not so much that Safeway is preventing this. I’ve been trying to research who to talk to in Olympia or maybe at the federal level to “encourage” them to get this going asap, but I’ve turned up no leads yet.

        1. Yeah Kyle same story I got. but if you pay cash they will deliver. I t seems you cant use it anywhere for food delivery for the disabled.

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  15. Can you use the EBT cash part at costco for like toilet paper and laundry detergent? Thank you so much for this post. I’ve recently found myself disabled you can’t tell if you took one look at me, gone from a 6 figure household to a divorced homeless bag lady with medical probs who still looks nice. When I pay with EBT I get extremely judged harshly but I don’t care because no one knows the hell I’ve gone through and barely survived. I’d love it if these judgmental people on here could turn their efforts against corporations who offshore jobs and don’t pay any taxes–corporate welfare in the billions, instead of worrying about someone buying a sandwich or a coffee…

    1. I believe you can use EBT cash benefits for those things at Costco. 🙂 I’m sorry for your hardship. My husband is also disabled, and he’s only 30. We get judgmental looks all the time and I know how frustrating that can be. I try to edit comments to keep this site a positive and uplifting place, so I removed the very end of your comment. However, I do understand and share your frustration.

    2. I hope things turn around for you. Your story is all too familiar, and I empathize with you and validate your situation. Hold your head up high – remember that we all give back throughout our lives in many ways, and money is not the only method.

      Meanwhile, we’ve been gouged, taxed, and fee’d to shreds. Plus, the wealthy have no problem with avoiding legitimate taxes, hiding money, or asking for corporate welfare, tax incentives, and bailouts. Find every way to get assistance, because you’re actually deserving of it.

      This bizarre US attitude of “pull up your bootstraps” is a crock of crap. No one chooses who or where they are born to, many of us have invisible as well as visible disadvantages, and those who succeed have a support network and have avoided tragedy. Not to mention, our country is built on theft (from the indigenous populations) and slavery (so much was built via exploitation).

      Today, we find most of US workers barely getting by while the top 5% is skyrocketing their wealth with no “trickle-down” effect. How does their fortune help us if it’s hidden offshore and protected by savvy accountants?

      So, remember, even when we are “doing well” it’s not 100% because of our own hard work and dedication. Likewise, if we fall down, it’s not 100% because of our foolishness or laziness.

      People are very shallow, judgmental, and simplistic.

      You take care and stay strong! I’m rooting for you. 🙂

  16. Im not sure about other places but we have a 7/11 in yakima that you can by their pizzas and then they cook them there for you $5-$10 a piece so it’s a nice treat. Your technically buying it frozen but it’s hot and ready when you leave.

  17. Just to inform you on an update. Within last couple of weeks, Fred Meyers at the starbucks said that the state has put a stop to using your ebt card at the starbucks in the stores. The state feels it is against the law and that stores will get punished for it.

    1. That’s good to know, Kevin. The last update I saw from the state said that they knew about the problem and agreed that it was against the intent of the law… but that the legislature didn’t believe it would be practical to correct the problem. Thanks for the tip!

  18. The most impressive sight management I’ve ever seen 🙂 You keep your boundaries tight with friendly compassion and kindness. Props!

      1. Yes, so impressed with your composure, eloquence, and dedication. These are rare and commendable qualities. I bet you are adored, and rightfully so.

  19. I have friends in both Oregon and Washington who have reason to cross state borders quite often. If you have your card in one state can you use it to buy food when you’re in another state?

  20. Love this site and appreciate its accuracy!!

    Terra Organics accepts food benefits as well. They can be delivered to a group site for free or to your home for $3. This was nice when it was combined with a promo and received half off my order (or something along those lines).

    There are a lot of produce stands off River Road in Puyallup/Tacoma (such as Duris Farms) that accept them as well.

    The Tacoma Farmers Market matching program is up to $10 matching for each dollar of tokens purchased with EBT Food Benefits each day. It’s a pretty fantastic way to stretch your money!!

    The bread store next to Old Navy in Federal Way also accepted EBT Food last I knew for bread, flours, and sandwiches. I can’t think of the name of it. They mistakenly would still charge tax, but still a healthier option than some places.

    That reminds me, people may forget that made-to-order sandwiches at grocery stores are still okay, and it’s not limited to just premade.

    Thanks for all your doing and keep up the great work!!!

  21. Nicole, what a wonderful site the info you shared is more valuable than the government websites I try to navigate. God bless you & thank you.

  22. My family and I have been on SNAP benefits and we had a brand new 2011 Jeep and I had designer clothes on and I even had a cashier ask me one time why I was using EBT? I had to politely explain to her I was 5 months pregnant and my husband was recently laid off by his job of 8 years due to cut backs. We had to sell a lot of our nice things just to pay for our Jeep and had to sell our family home and down size. A little lesson in life is to not judge people because you do not know their whole story.

    Thank you for this post its wonderful knowing these museums allow individuals to get out and explore for little or no money!

  23. I’m juat wondering if the Starbucks inside of Safeway or the Subway inside of Walmart would possibly accept accept here in the tricities?? (That’s Pasco, Richland and Kennewick) I know Walmart in Pasco puts some of their hot chickens in the cold section each day and other deli items, then puts up a little sign saying EBT approved. It’s nice because we love to make chicken salads and quesadillas with the chickens so that’s nice. If you hear that there’s any other deals around here, I’d very much appreciate it! I have cancer that’s spread three times since June. The little things like this make a huge difference in people’s lives sometimes so thank you for helping us. You Rock:)

    1. It might! It never hurts to try. I’ve heard mixed reports of Subways and Starbucks accepting EBT but I know the only ones that do are located inside stores like Walmart and Safeway. 🙂 I’m glad you were able to find some helpful information here, Shyla – and I’m so sorry to hear about the cancer. We’ll be praying for you and your family. <3

  24. Great resource! Do you happen to know about the snap cash on the ebt cards? Is it a one time thing? And why? I have 20 dollars for cash since January but didn’t get renewed for Feb. I’ve never known this was on my card. Does it get deposited monthly or just a random amount yearly?

    1. That is so weird, Jill! I’ve heard of this happening before but I wasn’t able to find any information about it. I’d call your local agency directly and see if someone there can explain it. I’m sorry I don’t have any better answers for you!

  25. Good afternoon, site administrator. I have one correction for this site. The Museum of Flight does not offer any discounts for EBT card holders. We’ve had a few people come to the Museum expecting a free membership, and we’ve had to tell them that being an EBT card holder does not qualify them for any discounts. Most everyone has been understanding, but very disappointed. Any chance you can remove the reference to the Museum of Flight on this site? Thank you!

    1. Absolutely! I’m sorry, Emily. I try to keep this information as accurate as possible. I thought my blurb about the Museum of Flight was pretty clear. It also links to a post about the Connections Membership program, which I updated on 6/11/16 to reflect the suspension of the program. It was my understanding at that time that the suspension was temporary so I didn’t remove the reference here. However, a quick Google search shows that the Museum has changed the terms of that program and I’ll update that article accordingly. Just a quick question, though: How do the new terms of the Connections program affect those who already signed up for a Connections Membership under the previous terms? Will we still be able to use our passes or not?

  26. Our terms didn’t really change, we just closed open enrollment. I don’t think that we will ever allow open enrollment again, but instead, we will host enrollment events throughout the year. The actual terms of the membership are the same. Connections members can still visit anytime with their boarding pass, and come to exclusive events. We just aren’t adding new members unless they attend an enrollment event. Thanks for checking!

    1. Thank you for clarifying. I saw the list of immersive educational programs and I didn’t see the statement about enrollment programs. I guess that’s why I shouldn’t try to work when I’m sick! 😉 Anyway, I think what I’ve written up accurately reflects what’s on the website but I’d appreciate it if you would visit this link and let me know if I need to make any changes.

  27. I’ve used my EBT card at PCC markets for the juice bar and salad bar since both are considered cold foods. They also offer an amazing assortment of premade foods in the deli section like salads, appetizers and lunches. I like to take my kids here once in a while and grab lunch for a picnic. They also have take-and-bake pizzas and quiches too.

    I also love getting my sushi fix at QFC and Fred Meyer. They have a special sushi chef preparing packaged sushi on the spot, and it’s just as good as Sushiland if not better.

    1. That’s awesome! Picnics are one of our favorite family activities. I really appreciate these tips, especially about the sushi! Thanks for sharing!!! 🙂

  28. Additional Benefits
    Lifeline – Free Cell Phone Program
    Direct Certification for Free/Reduced-price School Meals
    Orca Lift (King County Specific)
    Assistance obtaining an ID Card- $5 discount
    Basic Food Employment and Training – FREE classes, programs, education at local community colleges per region. Contact outreach departments at the school.

  29. As of Sept. 1, 2017, Oregon Zoo is offering discounted admission for Oregon and Washington individuals and families who qualify for a variety of income assistance programs.

    Just bring your Oregon or Washington photo ID and any documentation showing that you participate in any of the following programs, and you are eligible to buy up to 6 tickets for $5 each. If you ride MAX to the zoo and show proof of fare (monthly pass, individual tickets or annual pass), you’ll receive an additional $1.50 off admission for each person.

    Eligible programs:
    •Oregon Trail card
    •Washington Quest Card
    •Section 8
    •WIC – eWIC card
    •Free/reduced school lunch
    •TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
    •Head Start
    •Foster home certificate

    More info at: http://www.oregonzoo.org/zoo-all

  30. The fresh juice/smoothie bar inside Whole Foods also takes ebt. At least the one in university place does. I asked and used it to get my daughter through a long day of serarching for foods she could eat after finding out about her food allergies. It was so helpful!

  31. In Vancouver WA, Clark county you can get a voucher from DHS for a Washington ID, for only $5. Take it with you to the DMV when applying or renewing along with other documents required. Sidenote will have to pay an extra 2 dollars if paying with debit card. I did not know until I got in there. Also this is only for an ID. I was very grateful though because we had moved from Oregon and I had already had to pay so much to sit my license and car. My husband is blind so all he needed was ID, saved me having to pay another $54

  32. Anonymous and Disabled

    What’s ridiculous is that EBT doesn’t cover the CO2 cartridges for a Soda Stream, but will cover the syrup. To make a bottle of soda is something like .05 with Soda Stream. Otherwise you’re looking at spending a heck of a lot more on canned/bottled soda. Then there is the cans and bottles that pollute the planet unless recycled and recycling isn’t sustainable either. I don’t know why they don’t cover the cartridges. You can’t weld anything with it, for Pete’s Sake!

  33. THANK YOU!!! I’m a disabled veteran. Myself and about 30 other disabled vets live in my apartment building, which is just one of many low income housing around WA. None of us can work anymore. I have a Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems and studied Russian in the Army, but I’m too sick from a hereditary disease to work now. Since it’s not related to any service in the Army, I receive free medical care from the VA but no disability payments. I was a college professor for almost a decade before I started getting too sick to go to work anymore. A LOT of vets are in the same boat as me, wanting to work but can’t. Every vet I know in my apartment building is on SNAP/WIC/EBT. Also, every vet in my building has been homeless. I lived in my car for eight months before an apartment opened up for me, and then that was only temporary until the current permanent residence I live in had an apartment available. The VA sends a representative to our building once a week to check up on us, make sure we’re OK and have everything we need. There are counselors on staff to deal with PTSD and help with state and local agencies that can help us. None of them have this web site. None of them know any of this information. All the counselors and reps are GREAT about telling us about everything they know, but there is no one agency who does what you’ve done. I’m going to send this website to ALL the vets, counselors, reps and low income residents and families, which make up almost half of the apartment building. EVERYONE in this building has either been homeless or lived in a shelter before qualifying to live here. Nobody was on drugs or a criminal or wanted to be homeless. S**t happens, and no one is immune. Most people who live here who are not vets do work full-time jobs, now that they have a safe, secure home. But it takes a while to save money to move, put down a deposit, buy furniture (the apartments come furnished) and still have money to pay a pro-rated rent, clothes, kid’s stuff, etc. Food stamps is a necessity for all of us to just live! I can’t thank you enough for your work putting this list together. (I’m sorry for the length of my comment, but I wanted you to know exactly who benefits from your hard work and how much it is, and will continue to be, greatly appreciated!)

    1. Briana,
      First of all, all of us here at low income relief would like to thank you for your service to us and to this country. Thank you for your kind words about our site, and thank you for sharing it with other veterans. We are so happy to hear that our wonderful service men and women can find useful information from us and that we are able to give back to them! I hope your situation starts to improve. Thanks again!

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