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Home : Additional Resources : Who Can Get Food Stamps?

Who Can Get Food Stamps?

WHO CAN GET FOOD STAMPS (FOODSHARE)?

WHAT ARE FOOD STAMPS (FOODSHARE)?

Food Stamps (FoodShare) is a program that helps low-income families and

individuals buy nutritious food.

 

WHO CAN GET FOODSHARE?

 

Anyone can apply for FoodShare. You may be eligible if:

·         Your household income is less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level;

·         You are a Wisconsin resident; and

·         You are a US citizen or qualifying immigrant.

 

Monthly Income Guidelines:

Family

200% FPL

(Gross)

1

$1,980

2

$2,670

3

$3,360

4

$4,050

5

$4,740

6

$5,430

7

$6,122

8

$6,816

+

$ 694 EACH

 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR FOODSHARE?

·         Apply online at www.access.wisconsin.gov

·         Apply by mailing your application (available at:

http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/forms/F1/F16019B.pdf  to: CDPU, P.O. Box

5234, Janesville, WI 53557-5234

·         Apply with your local agency in person or by telephone.

Application Steps:

1. Complete an application and provide the verification or proof that is requested

(such as income; social security number; address and housing costs; citizenship

or immigration status). The FoodShare agency should help you get verification if

you can’t get it after making reasonable attempts to get it.

2. Complete an interview. The interview will be by telephone, unless you request an

in person interview.

FOR HELP APPLYING CALL THE FOODSHARE HELPLINE: 877-366-3635

 

PRIORITY FOODSHARE SERVICES

You may be able to get FoodShare within 7 days of applying if you:

·         Have $100 or less available in cash or in the bank;

and

·         You expect to have less than $150 of income this month; or

·         Your rent/mortgage or utility costs add up to more than your total gross monthly income, available cash or bank accounts for this month; or

·          Your household includes a migrant or seasonal farm worker whose income has stopped.

 

HOW CAN I USE MY FOODSHARE BENEFITS?

 

When you get FoodShare, you will be given an account with a plastic card called the Quest card. Each month, your FoodShare benefits are put into your account. You can use your Quest card at grocery stores, convenience stores, certain farmer’s markets and co-ops the same way someone would buy food with a debit card.

You can use your benefits to buy:

Breads and cereal

Meats, fish and poultry,  

Fruits  

Dairy products

Vegetables  

Seeds and plants to grow food for your family to eat

 

 You cannot use your benefits to buy:

 Nonfood items (pet food, paper products, soap, household supplies etc.)

 Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco

 Food that will be eaten in the store, or

Hot foods (food that is purchased and cooked at the store)

 

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO:

Get a written eligibility decision 30 days or less from the date you submit your application.

Get FoodShare benefits 7 days after applying if you are in immediate need and qualify for faster service. Decisions denying you FoodShare benefits can be wrong and can be appealed, but only if you apply and get a written decision.

Ask for a fair hearing if you do not agree with any action of the agency.

 

LEGAL ACTION OF WISCONSIN LAWYERS ARE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST WITH FOODSHARE CASES www.legalaction.org

608-256-3304

800-362-3904

 

The above is intended to provide general information only and is not a substitute for thorough and specific advice on an individual case. Depending on the complexity of your legal problem you may need to consult an attorney for advice or representation. This was prepared by the staff of Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. on behalf of low-income clients and was funded by the Legal Services Corporation, Washington, D.C. 20005. Any opinions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be construed as those of the Legal Services Corporation. Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the provision of services or in employment. If you need printed material interpreted or in a different form, or if you need assistance in using our services, please inform us. Deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired callers may reach us through the Wisconsin Telecommunication Relay System (1-800-947-3529)