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Contact: Babs Roberts, 360-725-4888,
Contact: Kathy Spears, 360-902-7893,
June 27, 2012
Reduction in state food benefits for some immigrants begins in July
OLYMPIA – The benefit level for the state's Food Assistance for Legal Immigrants Program will be in reduced by half beginning July 1. The reduction is a cost-saving measure to help balance the state budget during difficult economic times.
FAP provides benefits to legal immigrants who are not eligible for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Food Assistance for Legal Immigrants Program recipients receive the same amount of benefits as people in the federal program, but the state Legislature reset the state benefit at half the amount of the federal program benefit effective July 1.
DSHS has notified FAP recipients by mail of these changes, including the dollar amount of their changed benefit.
There is no change in benefits for people in the federal food assistance program, called SNAP.
Recipients of FAP who think they are eligible for SNAP should contact the Department of Social and Health Services at 1-877-501-2233 or visit their local DSHS Community Services Office.
DSHS offers two types of food assistance:
- Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also called Basic Food or food stamps).
- State Food Assistance Program for Legal Immigrants (FAP)
Examples of people who can qualify for SNAP include:
- People with a permanent resident card (green card) who are under 18.
- People who have had a permanent resident card (green card) for 5 years.
- People with a permanent resident card (green card), who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. military.
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DSHS does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.