Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)


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SNAP-Ed helps community members make the healthy choice the easy choice by increasing access to healthy foods, nutrition education, and physical activity. This program specifically focuses on residents receiving 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 over 56,000 residents through direct education and policy, systems, and environmental changes. By March 2022, SNAP-Ed programs reached over 383,588 people, over six times the number of people in 2018. For more details, check out the Washington 2023 Annual SNAPshot.

Why is SNAP-Ed needed in Kittitas County?

According to data from the US Census Bureau, in 2020 11.4% of Kittitas County households received SNAP benefits, which is slightly lower than both the state (12%) and national (12.1%) average. However, nearly 17% of households in Kittitas County had incomes below the poverty level in 2020. This number is much higher than the state (9.8%) and national (12.5%) average for incomes below the poverty level.

KCPHD SNAP-Ed Projects

KCPHD implements SNAP-Ed projects with a focus on promoting policy, system, and environmental changes (PSE). We do this by partnering with key community organizations and offering support, resources, and education so that they can reach more community members with their services that promote healthy food choices for individuals and families living on low incomes.


Produce at a market

Currently, KCHPD is working with the Ellensburg Farmers Market and FISH Community Food Bank to implement new programs, policies, and services that will benefit the health of customers and clients.

Apply for SNAP Food Assistance

Basic Food is Washington State’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Basic Food helps people living on low incomes make ends meet by providing monthly benefits to buy food. Benefits are based on family size and income. Basic Food benefits can be used at all local grocery stores, farmers markets, and participating produce stands and quickie marts.

Apply to SNAP Food benefits by doing any of the following:

    • Calling 2-1-1 for free
    • Through the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) in person at 1100 W University Way in Ellensburg, Monday through Friday 8:00 – 5:00
    • Or online through Washington Connection
    • FISH Community Food Bank also offers support with SNAP applications. Call 509-925-5990 Ext. 809. For more information about services, visit their webpage

SNAP Market Match

SNAP Market Match is available to all SNAP/EBT benefit shoppers and helps them buy more fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets. The Ellensburg Farmers Market in Kittitas County participates in Market Match! SNAP/EBT shoppers can use Market Match to shop for fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, mushrooms, fresh herbs, and seeds and plants that produce food.

  • Visit here for a list of all Washington State farmers markets that participate in SNAP Market March.
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  • Visit the Regional Farmers Market Directory for all farmers market food access programs across Washington State. As well as all farmers market schedules.
  • How to Use SNAP Market Match

    Food Access Coalition for Kittitas County

    This coalition is currently inactive. For more information, contact KCPHD at

    Additional Resources

    Recipes for tasty AND healthy food on a budget!

    Nutrition Information