Wisconsin FoodShare recipients to receive maximum benefits for two months

Posted at 12:22 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 13:22:58-04

MILWAUKEE — FoodShare recipients in Wisconsin can expect to see a bump in benefits for the next two months.

Over 215,000 Wisconsin households will see an increase starting April 12 through April 26. The increase comes in light of hardships caused by COVID-19.

"Maybe before, the FoodShare program didn't seem like it was all that much," Sherrie Tussler, Director of The Hunger Task Force said. "It's really going to be your ticket to food buying power in the future."

Recipients will receive the maximum benefit for the number of people living in the household. An individual can expect to receive the maximum of $194, while it goes up incrementally for each additional person.

At The Hunger Task Force, they are continuing to prepare emergency food boxes for families in need. Typically, they prepare five to 10 boxes per month. However, because of the coronavirus, they have prepared over 10,000.

"It's like night and day," Tussler said. "It's a world we've never seen before. We're inside, trying to build boxes for people in need."

Each box has non-perishable items to get a family buy for a few days. However, Tussler encourages any family in need to start the process in applying for FoodShare.

"These boxes are temporary," Tussler said. "Literally, a couple of days worth of food whereas, the FoodShare program is a week to a month's worth of food."

Tussler wants to make sure people who really need the food are getting it. She hopes people aren't trying to hoard their emergency boxes. If you're looking for a food pantry near your home, you can find help at The Hunger Task Force website.

For those interested in applying to the FoodShare program, visit the Access website.

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