Wisconsin households receiving FoodShare will receive added benefits to help relieve strain during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The temporary increase in benefits will begin in January and last until June 2021. FoodShare households will be able to use these benefits for in-person and online purchasing.
“More than 725,000 Wisconsinites are relying on FoodShare to help them feed themselves and their loved ones during this pandemic,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “These increases are the kind of critical support we need to be offering to our hardest-hit neighbors in Wisconsin right now.”
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FoodShare recipients are being notified of the increase via notification letters as well as emails. It's important to note that recipients do not need to do anything to receive the increase; it will automatically be loaded to their cards.
DHS also announced that the grocery store chain, ALDI, is joining Amazon and Walmart as online shopping options for FoodShare households.
In November, the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) added ALDI stores to the list of online shopping using FoodShare benefits.
“Enabling online ordering is an easy way to help people physically distance while doing their food shopping,” State Medicaid Director Jim Jones. “The more options available, the better able families are to make choices that work for them and keep them safe and healthy.”