What's new with FoodShare?
Generally, Able Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDs; ex: people without children) between 18 and 49 who do not have any dependent children can get FoodShare benefits only for 3 months in a 3-year period if they do not work or participate in an employment and training program. This requirement has been waived in Wisconsin since 2002 due to high unemployment, but has gone back into effect as of April 1, 2015.
For more information for service providers or clients please see our ABAWD Fact Sheet
Farm Bill changes to "Heat and Eat:"
Wisconsin is one of many states that provided a standard heating utility allowance to all FoodShare applicants and members so they receive the full heating standard utility credit, often referred to as the “Heat and Eat” policy. The Farm Bill passed by Congress in 2013 made changes to that policy. FoodShare households that have received a Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) payment in the last 12 months at their current residence and FoodShare households that have reported they pay a heat expense should see no change to their FoodShare benefits. Households who are not directly responsible for their heating bill could see a decrease in benefits. This is effective as of April 28, 2014.
Learn more about changes to Heat and Eat →
"Heat and Eat" and subsidized housing:
Have your FoodShare benefits been cut since April 2014? Do you live in subsidized housing? Due to an update in FoodShare policy, recipients living in subsidized housing may have had their benefits incorrectly calculated. You may be eligible to have your FoodShare benefit amount restored AND backdated to when your cut took effect. Learn how to restore your benefits →