The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) offers hope and support to households wrestling with the high cost of food by providing financial resources for food.
Find out whether you are eligible to receive an electronic benefits card (EBT) with regular monthly benefits and use it like a debit card when you check out your purchases at the store. Monthly gross income limits for SNAP have increased and additional net income limits and asset limits are now waived. For example, a family of 4 can have a gross monthly income of up to $3,926.00.
Households with pregnant women, infants and children under age 5 may also be available for additional foods such as milk, cereal, fruits and vegetables as well as formula and baby foods through the Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offered by the Washington State Department of Health. To find out if your household is eligible, click the link below.
Helpline House offers expert guidance for eligibility review, application process and exploration of additional benefits. Contact 842-7621 for an appointment with any of our professional staff.
Hunger on Bainbridge Island - You're kidding, right?
- Close to 1,000 people on Bainbridge Island are below poverty level. Of the cities in Kitsap County, Bainbridge represents 8.3% of the County's poor. After paying rent and utilities, there is little left for food.
- The food bank is intended for Bainbridge Island residents and serves about 300 households (40% with children) each week.
- While the majority of food bank users are employed, they have a hard time making ends meet on their income.
Currently, due to newly installed gravel, we have limited wheelchair access to the Food Bank.
Alternative options are - Island Volunteer Caregivers and Kitsap Transit Access bus service. Wheelchairs must be unloaded directly onto the concrete pad adjacent to the disabled parking area
in the upper parking lot. Additionally, a request can be made to have someone pick up your food order for you. For further clarification, please call 842-7621.
What's Available at the Helpline House Food Bank
When a household lacks sufficient resources from their own income and nutritional programs such as SNAP and WIC, the food bank at Helpline is available to fill the gaps to ensure no household in our community goes hungry.
The food bank relies largely on community donations and uses monetary donations to purchase foods to ensure a wide variety of nutritional choices as available. In addition to foods for the pantry such as canned and packaged foods, and with the community's generosity, much fresh produce and protein is also available.
Shoppers in the food bank select the foods most appropriate for their households, with the number of items determined by household size. As a supplement to a household's resources, the food bank does not ensure access to any particular foods but responds to the marketplace and considers the needs of all food bank clientele to provide the most nutritious foods possible.
"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice).
Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal
opportunity provider and employer."