Important Message(s)

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is a new emergency program for ALL children in grades K-12 in Washington who receive free or reduced-price school meals. P-EBT is not subject to public charge and will not affect your immigration status. P-EBT provides families with funds to pay the cost of meals while schools are closed due to COVID-19. See more information in English or Español.

  • Click Apply Now below to start the online application. When you are on the Your Needs page, select Pandemic EBT (Emergency School Meals Program). A separate application will be needed to apply for additional programs.
  • DSHS will confirm your child’s free or reduced-price meals status with the school. No interview is required. Applications will be processed within 30 working days.
  • If the application is approved and you have an EBT card that you’ve used in the last 60 days, benefits will be added to that card. Otherwise, a new EBT card will be mailed to you. If you’re not approved, you will receive a letter from DSHS.
  • If you are unable to complete the application online, call the Customer Service Contact Center at 877-501-2233 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. August 31, 2020.

Disaster Cash Assistance Program information is available in English and Español. To apply for Disaster Cash or other cash assistance programs:

  • Click Apply Now on this homepage to start the online application. When you are on the Your Needs page (within the online application), select Cash in addition to any other benefits you may need. Once your application is submitted, call the Customer Service Contact Center at 877-501-2233 to complete the application interview.
  • Or, call the Customer Service Contact Center at 877-501-2233 to complete the entire application process without submitting an application from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

DSHS offices will be closed Mondays, June 29 and July 6, 13, and 20 due to mandatory furloughs because of budget impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Documents submitted on furlough closure dates will be dated as received the next regular business day.


Washington Connection offers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services such as Food, Cash, Child Care, Long-Term Care, and Medicare Savings Programs. Individuals that are age 65 or older, blind or disabled may also apply for medical assistance. Click “See If I Qualify” to get started. Watch Video

Washington Healthplanfinder offers healthcare coverage for children, parents/caretakers with children, pregnant women, or adults age 18 to 64 years old. For information regarding available services or to apply for benefits, visit

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Click here for more Civil Rights and Nondiscrimination information.