BFET Program Services

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Washington State’s SNAP employment and training program is known as the Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) program. It provides job search, job search training (soft skills), educational services (adult basic education, English as a second language, and high school equivalency), workforce skills training (vocational education), assistance with establishing small businesses, post-employment services, and other employment opportunities to Basic Food recipients who are not participating in the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Unlike TANF, participation in BFET employment and training services is voluntary and there is no participation hour requirement.
The BFET program through ORIA (sometimes referred to as ORIA BFET) offers the same services statewide as the general or mainstream BFET program with a focus on providing culturally and linguistically appropriate employment and training services to refugees and immigrants.
Services under the ORIA BFET program include:
Job Search
English as a Second Language (ESL) training
Vocational education and training
Case management
Job retention services
Support services
An individual is eligible to receive ORIA BFET services if they are:
16 years or older
A federal food recipient
A refugee or immigrant
Not a U.S. citizen
Not currently receiving refugee cash assistance