Benefits & Basic Needs
DSHS receives supplemental funding to boost benefits for Basic Food recipients - posted April 2, 2020
As of the week of March 30, some Washington residents who receive Basic Food benefits will have additional funds available for March and April 2020. Congress approved extra benefits up to the maximum allowed for each household. In Washington state, this means DSHS is giving additional benefits to approximately 277,000 households.
From assistance with SSI/SSID to a list of meal sites and food banks, we will connect you to our community partners in times of need.
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- Lifeline Cell Phone Program - updated April 16, 2020
- Low-cost internet service and computer equipment
- Energy Assistance
- SSI and SSDI Assistance
- Community Shelters, Clothing Banks, Food Banks, & Meal Sites
Lifeline is a Federal Program that offers free or reduced phones. Wireless companies in the area are offering the Lifeline program based on the zip code where you reside. The program limits cell phones to one per household, not one per family member.
Each wireless company/service provider will offer different incentives, i.e. free phones, more minutes, etc. Please research the best plan for you and your family.
Eligibility requirements include:
- Income - click here to view the eligible income-level
- Federal Assistance Program participation - e.g. SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, FPHA, etc.
Assurance is a partner of the Spokane Resource Center and a service provider of the federal Lifeline Cell Phone Program. For immediate assistance, contact Assurance’s local representative:
Wenndi Brea | Phone: (509) 230-6360 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone On is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing low-income families with the technology equipment necessary for today's evolving digital world.
A Comcast program, Internet Essentials can provide affordable high-speed internet and low-cost computers to keep you digitally connected.
Our partners at SNAP can help keep your home's energy and utilities from turning off. They can even help prevent foreclosure and provide essential home repairs.
Click on the button below to contact SNAP and learn about their eligibility requirements.
Individuals experiencing homelessness can connect with an SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Specialist who will assist with and expedite the SSI/SSDI application process. Application advice is available to everyone.
We offer personalized recommendations for shelters, food & clothing banks, and meal sites.
- The following lists are up-to-date and accurate, however, due to the nature of community resources, it is common for there to be schedule and location changes.
- Please call each location before visiting. If you find any of the information offered needs to change, please send an email to email@example.com.
Meal sites are offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner during specific hours. Our Community Events calendar will provide you with the details of meal sites.
It is encouraged to call ahead of time as this service to the community is based on availability.
Food banks serve specific ZIP codes; you may need to bring proof of your address, e.g. photo ID or a piece of mail, in order to benefit from the items they can provide.
Our partners at 2nd Harvest has provided a website to connect you to a food bank or pantry.
Grab & Go Meals - COVID-19 Response
SPS is offering grab & go meals – a breakfast and a lunch together – for any child aged 0-18, or currently enrolled in high school, at the locations listed in the link below from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
YES, that's any student, even those who don't attend Spokane Public Schools!
Mead School District Food Pick Locations - COVID-19 Response
*Updated March 23, 2020
Distribution centers include schools and community locations with specific pick-up window times.