Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET)

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Overview 

The Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) program provides aid to LWTech students receiving food stamps. BFET is a federally funded program. 

Students on BFET may receive:

  • Funding for books and supplies (up to $250/quarter)
  • Funding for tuition, if available (tuition is primarily paid through Financial Aid)
  • Childcare through Working Connections Childcare (DSHS)
  • Career and educational advising and planning

Eligibility

You could be able to participate in the BFET program at LWTech if you:

  • Are receiving federal Basic Food Assistance from DSHS
  • Are not receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from DSHS
  • Are enrolled in a professional/technical program and/or basic skills courses (ABED, ESL, GED, HS+)
  • Are not enrolled in a DTA or BAS program
  • Have applied for the 2020-2021 FAFSA/WASFA and you have turned in any additional documents required by the Financial Aid office (basic skills students do not need to complete the FAFSA/WASFA to be considered for BFET)

How to Apply

Apply for Basic Food Assistance

If you are not currently receiving Basic Food Assistance through DSHS but would like to apply, you may qualify if your income falls within the following ranges:

  • 1 person family – $2,010 ($24,120 a year)
  • 2 person family – $2,707 ($32,480 a year)
  • 3 person family – $3,403 ($40,840 a year)
  • 4 person family – $4,100 ($49,200 a year)
  • 5 person family – $4,797 ($57,560 a year)
  • 6 person family – $5,493 ($65,920 a year)
  • 7 person family – $6,190 ($74,280 a year)
  • 8 person family – $6,887 ($82,640 a year)
  • For each additional person add $696 a month, or $8,360 a year

The Food Benefits application is available online through Washington Connection. If you require assistance applying for Food Assistance, the BFET program at LWTech has prepared an online Food Benefits Workshop that walks through the application steps and provides additional information.

Additional Information and Resources

For resources related to the impact of COVID-19 on the campus community, please see Coronavirus Information and Resources. Community resource information related to the pandemic is available through our Community Resource webpage. If you were recently laid off or are receiving unemployment due to COVID-19, assistance applying for Unemployment Insurance (UI) through the Employment Security Department(ESD) can be found on the Worker Retraining webpage.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.