SNAP-Ed helps community members make the healthy choice the easy choice by improving access to healthy food, nutrition education and physical activity. This program focuses specifically on residents who receive SNAP food benefits (formerly known as food stamps). Kittitas County began working with the SNAP-Ed program in 2017.
SNAP-Ed works for Washington! In 2018, SNAP-Ed programs across the state reached more than 56,000 residents through direct education and environmental policies, systems and change. In 2021, SNAP-Ed programs reached more than 382,974 people, more than six times the number of people in 2018. For more details, see the Washington 2021 SNAPshot.
Why is SNAP-Ed needed in Kittitas County?
According to US Census Bureau data, in 2020, 11.4% of Kittitas County households received SNAP benefits, which is slightly below the state (12%) and national (12.1%) average. ). However, nearly 17% of Kittitas County households had incomes below the poverty line in 2020. This number is well above the state (9.8%) and national (12.5%) average for income below the poverty line.
KCPHD SNAP-Ed Projects
KCPHD implements SNAP-Ed projects with a focus on promoting policy, systemic, and environmental (PES) change. We do this by partnering with key community organizations and providing support, resources and education so they can reach more community members with their services that promote healthy food choices for individuals and families in low income.
Apply for SNAP Food Assistance
Basic Food is Washington State’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Basic Food helps low-income people make ends meet by paying monthly benefits to buy food. Benefits are based on family size and income. Staple Food benefits can be redeemed at all participating local grocery stores, farmers markets, produce stands and quick markets.
Apply for SNAP Food benefits by doing one of the following:
- Call 2-1-1 for free
- Through the Department of Health and Social Services (DSHS) in person at 1100 W University Way in Ellensburg, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Or online via Washington Connection.
SNAP Market Match
SNAP Market Match is available to all SNAP/EBT Rewards shoppers and helps them buy more fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets, up to $40 or more per day. The Ellensburg Farmer’s Market in Kittitas County is participating in Market Match! SNAP/EBT buyers can use Market Match to purchase fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, mushrooms, fresh herbs, seeds, and food-producing plants.
How to use SNAP Market Match
Food Access Coalition for Kittitas County
The Food Access Coalition’s mission is to engage local programs and agencies in improving access to healthy food in Kittitas County. Members from across the community come together to build partnerships and coordinate efforts to ensure that all Kittitas County residents have access to food and food resources.
The coalition is currently inactive. For more information, contact KCPHD or visit the Food Access Coalition webpage.