Some FoodShare Households Will Receive Additional Benefits for November

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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.

Some FoodShare Households Will Receive Additional Benefits for November

Under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is able to provide FoodShare households with the maximum monthly benefit amount based on the number of eligible people in their household if Wisconsin has declared a public health emergency.

Since Wisconsin’s public health emergency remains in effect, DHS is able to provide households not currently receiving the maximum benefit amount in November with additional benefits bringing them up to the maximum amount. The additional benefits will be available on QUEST cards on November 22, 2020.

Households already receiving the maximum amount will not receive additional benefits. In addition, the amount households receive may be lower than the maximum amount if they are repaying benefits due to an error.

Households who receive the additional benefits will receive a letter notifying them of the amount. Partners can also share a flyer with members to make them aware of the additional benefits.

DHS will be checking in January that all households eligible for the November benefits received them. As a result, some new applicants or households reestablishing eligibility for November may receive the additional November benefits on January 10.

Additional benefits for months after November will depend on the length of Wisconsin’s public health emergency and approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.