Student Eligibility for FoodShare Expanded Starting June 1, 2020

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Updates for local agencies, community-based organizations, and providers who provide assistance to members of Wisconsin's health and nutrition public assistance programs.

Student Eligibility for FoodShare Expanded Starting June 1, 2020

Starting on June 1, 2020, FoodShare eligibility was extended to additional students.

Under the new program eligibility rules, students are now eligible for FoodShare benefits as long they are enrolled in a career and technical education (CTE) program designed to be completed in four years or less. The CTE program needs to prepare students for employment in a current or emerging profession, such as nursing, engineering, hospitality, and teaching. This includes students taking remedial courses in basic adult education, literacy, or English as a second language.

The goal of this additional FoodShare student eligibility is to reduce food insecurity concerns individuals may experience while getting an education.

Before June 1, only students enrolled in a two-year program (associates degree or certification) were eligible for FoodShare. Other states such as Oregon, Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, and South Carolina have expanded their student eligibility policies in similar ways.

Note: Unless they meet a different exemption, students enrolled in master’s or other higher degree programs beyond the bachelor’s level remain ineligible for FoodShare benefits.