The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that funding for February benefits will be available for current FoodShare members, those participating in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, despite the federal government shutdown.
If you are currently enrolled in FoodShare, your normal February FoodShare benefits may be put on your Quest card as early as January 20, 2019.
The early issuance is due to the federal government shutdown. The amount will be your normal February monthly benefit amount. FoodShare benefits will not be put on your QUEST card in February, so please budget and plan accordingly.
If you are also enrolled in Health Care Benefits, like BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, and SeniorCare, they are not impacted.
Issuance of FoodShare benefits and availability of funding for WIC, TEFAP, and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for March will depend on resolution of the federal government shutdown.
The Department of Health Services is committed to minimizing the impact of the federal government shutdown on our program members and will continue providing updates as more information becomes available. We believe it is critical that we provide information to program participants, key partners, and other stakeholders timely and transparently.