ORIA Basic Food Employment & Training

ORIA Program Manager:
McKenzie Nassiri

Washington state’s SNAP employment and training program is known as the Basic Food Employment and Training program. The ORIA BFET program 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. ORIA works in partnership with the state’s BFET program to ensure that refugees and immigrants who have not naturalized (obtained U.S. citizenship) can access this available service.


Are you interested in enrolling in ORIA BFET?

If you are already a Basic Food recipient, contact one of the service providers listed at the bottom of this page to enroll.

If you are a low-income resident who is not currently receiving Basic Food assistance, you are encouraged to apply for this benefit to increase your food security and start the process towards qualifying for BFET services. Applicants can use the "See if I Qualify" tool on Washington Connection to check eligibility and apply for benefits.

  • Job Search Assistance
  • Job Search Training
  • Basic Education (education in basic computer skills, literacy or math training, high school equivalency (formerly GED), English as a Second Language
  • Vocational Education
  • 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 receiving TANF or Refugee Cash Assistance.

Service Providers

View a list of ORIA BFET service providers here.