Basic Food Employment & Training Program

What services does BFET provide?

Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) provides the following kinds of support to individuals receiving federal food assistance from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS):

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  • Funding to pay for tuition, fees, and required textbooks when pursuing approved programs of study.
  • Coordination with DSHS in the provision of childcare.
  • Educational advising and planning, including the development of an education plan that lists the courses required each quarter to obtain the training goal in the most efficient manner.
  • Advising to address barriers to academic/personal success.
  • Employment assistance.
  • Assistance in navigating college resources and services.
  • Referrals to community partners.

How are they provided?

Students are assigned to a Program Manager who:

  • Does a thorough intake to assess training goals.
  • Addresses barriers to academic/personal success.
  • Develops a list of next steps for the individual to take.

The list of next steps may include:

  • Applying for admissions to the college.
  • Taking an assessment test of English and math skills.
  • Meeting with our Employment Specialist to research viable training options.
  • Registering for classes.
  • Referrals to college and/or community resources and/or services.

Why are they provided?

The goal of the BFET program is to provide those receiving Basic Food assistance from DSHS the opportunity to learn skills and/or earn a credential that helps the individual secure employment at a sustainable wage. By securing employment, the individual will no longer require assistance from DSHS in meeting their basic life needs.

What if I don’t know whether I qualify for food assistance?

To find out if you qualify for Basic Food assistance, you can apply online at  If you’ve previously applied and been told that you don’t qualify specifically due to being a student, please contact Workforce Education at 425-564-4054 for more information; depending on your program of study, we may be able to assist you in qualifying for Basic Food.

Last Updated November 6, 2020