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 may be surprised to know that your card can do so much more than just buy groceries! We’ve found discounts on everything from Amazon Prime to zoo admission, exclusively for EBT cardholders!
5 Things You Need to Know about Washington State EBT
At Low Income Relief, we write extensively about food stamps or EBT benefits. Our goal is to help low income people save money and get free stuff. We have a lot of content that can help you if you have an EBT card in Washington State Washington!
- Apply for Washington EBT online on the government website. This is the fastest and easiest way to apply for food benefits.
- Know what you can buy. Most people don’t know that they can buy seeds, plants, and some gift baskets with EBT. We’ve got all the info, straight from the USDA!
- Shop smart. You may be able to get more food for your money at farmer’s markets and You-Pick Strawberry Fields!
- You may be eligible for more food stamps than you are getting. Many people are getting less than they should because they don’t get credit for all their deductions.
- You may be able to get cash back from your food stamps card legally by using rewarded shopping apps. One of our readers earned an additional $437.84 in cash just by shopping with her food stamps card!
Got a Washington Quest EBT card? Get these, too!
50% off Amazon Prime
Amazon offers discounted Amazon Prime memberships for customers who receive EBT or Medicaid benefits! You’ll need to verify that you receive EBT benefits or Medicaid to get this incredible price.
Free Cell Phones and Cell Service
Cell phones and cell service may be available FREE in your area! Choose a provider here.
Lime Bike Share offers the Lime Access program. The Lime Access Program offers fares for a discounted price to riders who can prove their qualification. The Lime Program also provides access to scooters for people without credit cards or smartphones.
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 Help
If you pay a lot in federal student loans, but don’t make enough income to cover your payment, you may qualify for an income-driven repayment plan. Click here to learn more about how to apply.
Your student loan payments could be as low as ZERO dollars per month with an income based repayment plan!
With Washington EBT, you may also qualify for these programs!
- Home Improvement services through your power company
- Legal aid
- Student loan assistance ($0 per month payments!)
- Summer meals (free, for kids ages 18 and under)
- Tax filing assistance
- Utility assistance (electric bills, etc)
- Veterinary care grants, free pet food, and more
Also, be sure to check out these benefits!
Property tax assistance, deferrals, and exemptions are available for widowed spouses of veterans, low income homeowners, seniors, disabled residents, and nonprofit organizations! For more info on what it is and how to apply, contact your local county assessor’s office or click here to visit the website. We even received a refund for two years of property taxes!
YMCA organizations often have discounts for low income families! If you live in the greater Seattle area, you can click here to visit the website or contact your local YMCA for details. Most likely, you will need to go to a physical location to fill out the confidential income acknowledgement form to start the process.
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. 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 EBT Quest card. She uses that extra money to buy diapers, wipes and other essentials.
Did you know your Washington EBT Quest card could do this?!
You can buy gift baskets and even shop at Costco with your EBT Quest 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 EBT 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!
Organic delivery services run by community-supported agriculture programs may also accept EBT. I also know that Mother Nature’s Organics in Lake Stevens, Helsing Junction Farm in Rochester, 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 at: [email protected]” To find out more about Safeway locations that accept EBT for delivery orders, click here.
Leonardi’s Pizza (inside Winco) will accept EBT as a form of payment, but if you are going to a new store, it is best to call customer service to make sure that location has been certified and approved because the process can take some time. Thanks, Jessica!
Hot & ready pizzas at 7/11! Buy a frozen pizza at select 7/11 locations and they’ll cook it for you on site! Before you go, it is best to call the location you are thinking about going to so you can make sure they will accept your card. Thanks, Juliann!
Community Cycling Center (in Portland, OR) 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.” To learn more about the low income services the Community Cycling Center Offers, click here.
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.
Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) – $3 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 $3 per person for cardholders and all the children in the household listed as dependent. Foster families can also gain admission for this rate.
KiDiMu also hosts a free First Friday Art Walk event every first Friday of the month where families can play and create art. You can enjoy the kids crafts event and gain free admission to the museum from 5 pm – 7 pm.
Bellevue Arts Museum – $5 per family
The Bellevue Arts Museum offers great EBT discounts! As a part of the Museums for All program, the rate to enter the museum is $2 per adult, $1 per child or $5 per family (two adults and up to four children).
KidsQuest Children’s Museum – $3 per person
The KidsQuest Children’s Museum has one of the most generous programs we’ve seen. You’ll pay just $3 per person if you have EBT, WIC, Provider One, Apple Health or CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) cards! Children who are less than one year old are always free.
If you would like to reserve your tickets online, you can enter the Discount Code: museumsforall after you have added all of your tickets to the chart. Be prepared to show proof of your eligibility when you check-in.
As a part of the Museums for All program, KidsQuest Children’s Museum offers Museum Memberships for 70% OFF for people who hold an EBT, WIC, Provider One, Apple Health, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan), or Foster Parent card. Enter the Discount Code: mfa in the “discounts and promotions” line to get the discounted price.
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.
Whatcom Museum does offer free admission for children two years old or younger.
Children’s Museum of Skagit County – $3 per person
The Children’s Museum of Skagit County welcomes low income families for $3 per person, up to four people per EBT card. They also accept WIC, CHIP, Provider One, Apple Health or Foster Parent cards for this discount. Proof of eligibility is required.
The Children’s Museum also hosts Community Access Day (CAD) ever second Tuesday of the month from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is on a “pay as you can,” basis, including admissions for no charge for families who can’t afford to pay.
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!
Imagine Children’s Museum is a proud member of the Museums for All program. All guests with an EBT card can gain admission for $3 per person for up to four people. Children 12 months old and younger can enjoy for free. Note: You cannot use your EBT card to make transactions at the museum.
Click here to learn more about their admission guidelines.
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. For $2 per person, you can gain admission for up to four people. Here are some other free admission programs Maryhill Museum offers!
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum – FREE
Explore the history of North Beach Peninsula, from the Chinookan Culture to the logging, fishing, and tourism that sustain the area.
Admission to Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is free for everyone to enjoy thanks to generous donations. Click here to plan your visit today.
Moses Lake Museum & Arts Center – FREE
Discover both the human and the natural history of the Columbia Basin area and admire the work of local artists, as well as priceless Native American artifacts at this museum.
Admission is free for everyone to enjoy and they even have Wi-Fi available for guests. Click here to learn more about the features of this amazing museum.
Hands On Children’s Museum – $0-$2 per person
Got a Washington food stamps card? Up to two guests per EBT card will receive free admission to Hands On Children’s Museum. After that, you’ll pay $2 for each additional guest.
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.
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.
REACH Museum offers a reduced rate for $2 for 6 guests (2 adults and 4 children) when you show your EBT card and a valid photo ID. Children 5 years old and younger are also free. Click here for more information.
Burke Museum – FREE
The Burke Museum showcases various exhibits on biology, culture, paleontology, archaeology and more. Click here for more informati
EBT and SNAP cardholders can enjoy Burke Museum for free. The museum also holds Free First Thursdays where all guests get free admission on every first Thursday of the month. Click here to learn more about other discounts they offer.
Henry Art Gallery – $3 or less per person
The Henry Art Gallery is internationally recognized for bold and challenging contemporary art and culture exhibitions. It is often the first to premiere new works by established and emerging artists.
You can gain entry to the Henry Art Galley with a $0-20 suggested donation. If you don’t have it to give, you can still enjoy the galley for free. It is always is free admission for the UW community college personnel, educators, military personnel, students, and children.
Living Computers: Museum + Labs – (Closed indefinitely) $1 daily admission OR $10 Family Memberships
The Living Computers: Museum + Labs is currently closed and it is uncertain if they will reopen. They now offer computer classes and game simulations online.
Their policy used to be, 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, 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.
If you love computers, we suggest you keep checking their website to see if there is an announcement about reopening, because this is an amazing place.
Museum of Flight – $29 per family per year
The Museum of Flight is finally back on our list! They’ve expanded their community access programs to make the museum even more accessible to low income families.
Through Museums for All, you can get a discounted admission of $3 per person. There is a limit of 6 people per EBT discount. You can enjoy the Museum of Flight every first Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm for free.
Families who receive any form of public or government assistance can receive a $29 annual membership equivalent to the aviator membership. That’s roughly equal to 9 of the Museums for All admissions! This membership includes free unlimited admission for two adults, as well as free admission for the member’s children or grandchildren under the age of 18 for an entire year. It also includes discounts on camp experiences, the gift shop, exclusive access to members-only events and a quarterly subscription to the museum’s Aloft magazine.
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) – $3 per person or less
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!
Children 14 years old or younger are free. The museum of History and Industry also offer free admission to everyone of the first Thursday of every month. Low income families can take advantage of their free/reduced price admission.
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!!!
MoPop also does something extremely cool! They accept EBT cards from any state. So, if you are visiting from another state, you can show your card here and get it in for free.
National Nordic Museum – $2 per person
The National Nordic Museum provides discounts for anyone who receives WIC, free/reduced school lunches, Washington food stamps, Medicaid, or is a registered foster home. There is a limit of 5 admission discounts per household.
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 (ages 3-18)! Get all the details – including sign up information – by clicking here. Thanks to Tiffany for this incredible tip!
Seattle Art Museum – FREE
The Seattle Art Museum is now listed as a Museums for All member!
If you show your EBT card at the front desk, you and 3 other guests can gain entry for free! That’s 4 people with free admission per visit.
The Seattle Art Museum also hosts Free First Thursdays on the first Thursday of every month, where anyone can enjoy the museum for free. They host First Fridays where senior citizens can enjoy the museum for free.
Children 14 years old and younger are free to enter anytime.
Seattle Children’s Museum – $2 per person
Bring your EBT or food stamp card to enjoy this museum for $2 person for up to 4 people. A cool thing about this museum is that it accepts EBT cards from any state, so if you are looking to visit the area from another state, you can enjoy the same benefits.
For Washington residents only, if you have a DSHS Services card, you can show it at the front desk with a photo ID and enter the museum for $2. For more information on the type of ProviderOne Services Card they accept, as well as other possible discounts, click here.
Seattle Children’s Theatre – $0-10 per person (based on need)
Seattle Children’s Theatre is a part of the SCT for All program. This allows families to enjoy show-stopping performances for discounted rates. If you mention the SCT for All program when you arrive at the front desk, you can pay an affordable price for your tickets. The cost per ticket depends on the financial situation of each family, but the theatre can go as low as $5-10 per ticket.
This theatre also hosts Industry Pay-What-You-Can Preview Nights from educators and arts collaborators in the community. PWYC performances are held on every first Tuesday and you can see productions before the general public. Click here to learn more about how to get tickets and take advantage of some of these amazing offers.
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! Their website states that those with low incomes can pay “whatever you can afford” as their annual membership fee, with no proof of income required. You will need to fill out a membership form and show a picture ID for proof of address. They even have classes, if you’re wanting to learn how to use an unfamiliar tool.
Woodland Park Zoo – $5 per person/$35 per YEAR
If you have WIC or EBT, then you can get $5 per person (children 2 and under are free) 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.
They also offer a $35 per year membership called the Explorer Pass, for families who receive EBT or WIC in Washington State. The pass covers two named adults and up to six children 3-18 years old (children 2 and under are free). For Washington residents only.
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!
Foss Waterway Seaport offers free admission every third Thursday of the month from 4 pm to 8 pm. They also support Blue Star Families with free admission for active duty personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Click here to learn more about what Foss Waterway Seaport can offer.
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!
Tacoma 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.
History Museum offer free admission on the third Thursday of every month from 3 pm to 8 pm, which is supported by Columbia Bank.
Blue Star Families are free with an active duty military ID from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Up to five family members can enjoy this benefit.
Washington Quest cardholders, as well as Washington Foster Parents, can gain admission for $1 per person or $2 per family.
For more information about admissions and discounts, click here.
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. Every Thursday, admission is free for everyone between 5pm and 8pm.
Tacoma Art Museum also supports Bank of America’s Museums on Us program by offering free admission to Bank of America cardholders on the first weekend of every month.
EBT card holders can gain admission with the museum for just $1 for a single person and $2 for a family. Make sure to have your Washington Quest card with you.
Usually in September, Tacoma Art Museum hosts their Museum Day Live, which is a national museum visiting day for participating museums. Admission is free on this day, so go and explore! Check out their even calendar to find more events just like this.
Click here to learn about other admission discounts Tacoma Art Museum offers.
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.
The Museum of Glass is a Blue Star Museum that offers free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families. This also extends to the National Guard and the Army Reserves. To learn more about the Museum of Glass’ Reduced Admission Programs, click here.
Kids 5 years old and under are free and EBT cardholders can gain entry for $1 per person or $2 per family. Click here for more information on general admission.
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.
The Tacoma Children’s Museum is open on Thursday – Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm. They close for lunch from 1 pm to 2 pm. They also have low sensory hours on Fridays from 2 pm to 5 pm.
For more information about the schedule or fun programs, click here.
The Historic Trust – Free
The Historic Trust preserves and celebrates the history of the Fort Vancouver Historic Site. They offer walking tours at the Marshall House, Providence Academy and a self-guided Botanical Tour.
The organization has joined Museums for All but all of the tours are free. Walk-in tours are available from 10 am to 2 pm Wednesday – Friday.
For more information about walking tours at The Historic Trust, click here.