College students temporarily eligible to participate in Wisconsin FoodShare program

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Posted at 7:55 AM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 12:56:11-05

Some students enrolled in higher education institutions will now be eligible to temporarily participate in the Wisconsin FoodShare program.

Wisconsin students enrolled at least half-time in a higher learning institution will be eligible.

This change was included in the COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress and signed into law in Dec. 2020.

“Many young adults have struggled to find or keep jobs during the pandemic, and that loss of income has made it harder to afford basic necessities like food,” said DHS Interim Secretary Karen Timberlake. “By providing these benefits, we will help eligible students avoid hunger so they can focus on finishing their educational programs. Their success enriches our state as a whole.”

Along with being enrolled at least half-time, students have to meet at least one of the following:

  • Be eligible to participate in state or federally financed work study during the regular school year (whether or not they are currently employed in a work study job).
  • Have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0, which is calculated using information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current academic year. All students receiving the maximum amount of a Pell Grant have an EFC of $0.

Students interested in applying for the FoodShare program can visit here.

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