Basic Food Employment & Training Program

What services does BFET provide?

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

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  • Potential funding for tuition, course-related fees, and required textbooks when pursuing approved programs of study.
  • 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.
  • Verification of school schedule for students receiving the Working Connections Child Care subsidy.
  • 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 denied specifically due to being a student and not meeting the work requirement, please contact Workforce Education at 425-564-4054. Depending on your situation, BFET may be able to provide a referral to DSHS and assist you in qualifying for Basic Food.

Last Updated March 16, 2021