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King County Basic Food participation continues to rise.

  • While some King County residents have rebounded from the recession, recovery has been uneven, and has not decreased the need for food assistance.  In only 3 years, participation in the Basic Food program increased by 55% (from 200,775 in 2009 to 311,086 in 2012). 

  • Between 2002 and 2008, the number of individuals living in King County households that received Basic Food benefits at least once in the preceding fiscal year increased gradually – by 42% over 6 years.

  • In October of 2008, the income limit for Basic Food recipients broadened to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (the previous limit had been 130%).  With this eligibility change, plus the growing impact of the Great Recession, Basic Food participation jumped 26% in 1 year (from 158,849 in 2008 to 200,775 in 2009).

  • Basic Food includes the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as “food stamps,” and the State-funded food assistance program for legal immigrants.