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SNAP Community Characteristics - Washington

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Fact Sheets

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the cornerstone of the nation’s nutrition assistance safety net. Benefits are available to most people who meet the financial and nonfinancial requirements, and the program serves a broad spectrum of low income people.

Review your statewide factsheet for information about SNAP participation, food insecurity, and SNAP's economic impact in your state.

What is SNAP's Economic Impact in WA?

An average of $91 million in SNAP benefits were issued each month in WA in FY 2020. SNAP benefits are spent on food, so they support farmers, processors, distributors and retailers. Approximately 4,865 food retailers accept SNAP benefits in WA.

During economic downturns, every $1 in new SNAP benefits issued can increase gross domestic product by $1.54.

The American Community Survey provides a snapshot of SNAP participants for each congressional district. Click on your congressional district to the left for more information on characteristics of SNAP households.

See Also

More detailed information for the nation and each state is presented in Characteristics of SNAP Households: FY 2020 and Early Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Characteristics of SNAP Households.

Updated: 02/14/2023