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Households with children participating in the Basic Food program in Washington

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Definition and Source



The number and percent of households with children under 18 years old that received Basic Food ("food stamps") in the past 12 months. All figures are for households with children under the age of 18.

Data Source

Data for this measure come from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Fact Finder, American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates. 

Data were retrieved on February 6, 2021 from from (Table B22002).

*Please use these estimates with caution. The relative size of the margin of error is 10 percentage points or greater, which indicates that this estimate has a large margin of error. This generally occurs when estimate relies on small number of cases. To obtain total confidence interval values around the estimates for this indicator please contact Washington KIDS COUNT.


Data last updated in February 2021 by Washington KIDS COUNT.

The U.S. Census Bureau often revises previous estimates. Therefore, figures presented here may be different from figures presented elsewhere. 

The 5-year ACS estimates represent the average characteristics over the 5-year period of time, and therefore are less current than 1-year and 3-year ACS estimates. However, these estimates are more reliable because they are based on a larger sample size and provide data for counties with populations less than 20,000. The 3-year estimates are available for geographic areas with populations of 20,000 or greater, while 1-year estimates are only published for populations of 65,000 or greater. More information about 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year ACS surveys and estimates are available online at

Eligibility for Washington State’s Basic Food Stamp Program is based on gross monthly income, household size, and monthly expenses. Benefits are provided to individuals and families with gross incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line. For more information on food stamp eligibility please see:

Last Updated

February 2021