This income/household size based program, formerly known as Food Stamps, is available through the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). As an added benefit, many farmers markets across the state accept SNAP. Shoppers visit the farmers market information booth and swipe their EBT card. They provide tokens for the amount swiped on the card allowing shoppers to spend with market vendors on SNAP eligible items. Apply by phone at 877-501-2233, contact OCRC or apply through the link below.:
Shoppers who use SNAP/EBT benefits can stretch their food budget to buy more fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets including the Orcas Island Farmers Market. Look for the SNAP Market Match logo, and vendor signs at local farmers markets. Shoppers may have up to $40 matched depending on how much they choose to spend.
Serving Orcas Island families since 1984, the mission of the Food Bank is to work with the community to prevent hunger. Services are income/household based and customers can visit twice weekly. Guidelines may surprise you as about half of island residents qualify to receive free food at OIFB. To learn more about becoming a customer visit the link below.
Funded by the North Sound Accountable Community of Health, OCRC’s Food Access Program is new in its development, with services such as food bags for youth, healthy food available on site for unsheltered clients, formula for infants in need, and partnership with local restaurants to provide hot meals to unsheltered clients and our vulnerable population. To learn more, please contact the Resource Center at 360-376-3184 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Orcas Senior Center, Whatcom Council on Aging and San Juan Senior Services work together to facilitate and support the Meals on Wheels and More program at the Orcas Senior Center. Healthy meals are prepared for enrolled seniors and home delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. To learn more please contact Jami Mitchell, San Juan County Senior Services Specialist, at 360-376-7926 or email@example.com.
WIC is a federally funded nutrition program providing healthy foods for pregnant women, new and breastfeeding moms, and children under age 5. Eligibility depends on household size and income. To learn more or apply, call the San Juan County Health Department at 360-378-4474 or visit the link below.
The Fresh Bucks program is a partnership with OCRC, San Juan County Health and Community Services, and Orcas Food Co-op. Fresh Bucks helps stretch dollars to make healthy food more affordable and investing in our local farms and community. The program provides up to a $20 benefit each purchase to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables and produce basics. To learn more or apply contact OCRC or visit the link below.
The co-op believes that people deserve equitable and affordable access to high-quality, local, organic foods that support diverse nutritional needs. Their FLOWER program, an acronym standing for “Fresh, local, organic, & within everyone’s reach”, provides 10% off every visit to member-owners who are enrolled in SNAP, TANF cash assistance, WIC, SSI or SSD. If you are not a member-owner, you can become one for as little as $2 a month. To apply visit the link below.
Thanks to a generous grant the Ag Guild and San Juan County Health and Community Services are offering 150 low income clients throughout the county $150 or more in debit cards to spend on locally grown EBT eligible foods such as fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dairy, bread, and vegetable starts. Cards can be used at the San Juan Islands Food Hub, Orcas Island Co-op, and farm stands/farmers market vendors that accept debit/credit cards. Contact your local Community Resource Center or apply online at
The Women and Infant Children (WIC) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides vouchers for low-income seniors, pregnant women, and women with young children to purchase fresh, healthy food at local farmers markets including the Orcas Island Farmers Market. Program participants receive the vouchers from their WIC clinic or local senior agency and spend them directly with approved farm vendors at approved farmers markets. Vouchers can be used to purchase fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and fresh cut herbs. The Senior vouchers may also be used to purchase honey. To learn more or apply, call the San Juan County Health Department at 360-378-4474.