Bridge to Basics | WithinReach WA

Bridge to Basics

What is Bridge to Basics?

WithinReach’s Bridge to Basics Program creates an in-person bridge to help connect families to crucial public benefits they need. Our staff and AmeriCorps Team, with the help of community volunteers, connect our clients with benefits information and application assistance.

Where are we?

Food banks, job training sites, DSHS offices and United Way’s free tax preparation sites represent just some of the over 60 sites we visit regularly throughout King and Snohomish Counties. We meet people where they’re at, allowing us to reach some of our region’s most underserved and vulnerable populations.

For information on when and where our staff will be next, please check out our Community Events Calendar.

What can we do?

During a visit clients can speak with our knowledgeable and friendly staff regarding the following nutrition and health programs:

  • Basic Food (i.e. SNAP or food stamps)
  • Free or low-cost health insurance
  • Local food banks
  • WIC
  • Summer Meals
  • Fresh Bucks

We are able to sign our clients up with Basic Food on the spot using electronic tablets- no appointments necessary! Our unique position as outreach staff allows us to advocate for our clients needs and make the application process easy, informative and accessible.

Who do we serve?

We work with individuals and families interested in learning more about free nutrition resources that can help them increase their access to fresh, whole foods for them or their family!

Many of our outreach team are bilingual and we aim to place staff with these skills in sites where they are most likely to interface with a population speaking the same language. When this is not possible we are prepared with materials in multiple languages and have access to the AT&T language line in order to serve our non-English speaking clients more effectively.

Interested in learning more?

If you’re interested in becoming a Bridge to Basics site or would like more information on the Bridge to Basic program, please contact Liz Snow, Healthy Connection Program Manager.

Interesting in volunteering?

For information on how to volunteer with the Bridge to Basics Program, please visit our volunteer page.

Bridge to Basics staff and volunteer at a local food bank.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • UWKC Tax Site Downtown Seattle Library
    • February 17, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • February 24, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • March 3, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • March 10, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • March 17, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • March 24, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • March 31, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • April 7, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • April 14, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Our In-Person Team is available at select United Way of King County Tax Sites this season! Come see them for assistance with Basic Food, Health…

  • UWKC Tax Site Burien Community Center
    • February 19, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • February 26, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • March 5, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • March 12, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • March 19, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • March 26, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • April 2, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • April 9, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • April 16, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Our In-Person Team is available at select United Way of King County Tax Sites this season! Come see them for assistance with Basic Food, Health…

  • Basic Food Education Forum-King Co
    • February 21, 2018
      9:00 am - 11:00 am

    The Basic Food Education Forum (BFEF) is a platform for agencies assisting clients with the Basic Food (food stamps) program to meet and network about…

  • UWKC Tax Site Hopelink Shoreline
    • February 21, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • February 28, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • March 7, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • March 14, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • March 21, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • March 28, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • April 4, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • April 11, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • April 18, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Our In-Person Team is available at select United Way of King County Tax Sites this season! Come see them for assistance with Basic Food, Health…

  • UWKC Tax Site Rainier Community Center
    • February 24, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • March 3, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • March 10, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • March 17, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • March 24, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • March 31, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • April 7, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • April 14, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm

    Our In-Person Team is available at select United Way of King County Tax Sites this season! Come see them for assistance with Basic Food, Health…

  • Basic Food Education Forum-South Sound
    • February 26, 2018
      9:00 am - 11:00 am

    The Basic Food Education Forum (BFEF) is a platform for agencies assisting clients with the Basic Food (food stamps) program to meet and network about…

  • Basic Food Education Forum-North Sound
    • February 27, 2018
      8:00 am - 11:00 am

    The Basic Food Education Forum (BFEF) is a platform for agencies assisting clients with the Basic Food (food stamps) program to meet and network about…

  • WCOMO-Centralia
    • March 23, 2018
      9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    HOLD for Washington Coalition on Medicaid Outreach in Centralia

  • 2018 Experience WithinReach Registration
    • 2018 Experience WithinReach
      May 9, 2018
      5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

      We’re excited you are joining us to discover how WithinReach is creating vibrant, healthy communities. We have a great event in store. Click "Register…