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Five years post-recession, King County Basic Food participation remains high.

Five years after the “official” end of the Great Recession, the need for food assistance has barely started to go down.

  • In 2014, the number of King County households participating in the Basic Food program was still almost double the number in 2008, and close to 3 times the number in 2002.
  • The increase from 2008 to 2009 was in part due to broadening of the Basic Food income limit to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (from 130%).  With this eligibility change, plus the growing impact of the Great Recession, Basic Food participation jumped 26% in 1 year (from 158,671 in 2008 to 200,589 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.