Would you walk away from $20 or more, month after month after month? Probably not, yet two-thirds of eligible Wisconsin seniors do just that by not claiming their FoodShare benefits.
FoodShare is Wisconsin's version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It aims to stop hunger and improve health by providing eligible low-income individuals and families with monthly benefits used to purchase nutritious food.
For those living on a fixed income, this not only helps put more food on the table but could also free up money for bills, medications and other necessary expenses.
Some other things to know:
Eligibility for FoodShare broad. You can own a home and car. If you receive Social Security and even a small pension you may still be eligible. You can even have savings and qualify.
Signing up is easy. It can be done online or over the phone in just a few minutes without ever having to leave your home.
FoodShare is discreet and easy to use. Benefits come on the Quest Card which looks and acts like a debit card. Funds are added each month and deducted electronically when the card is used. Unused FoodShare benefits are rolled over to the next month.
FoodShare helps the community. The USDA estimates that for every $5 spent in FoodShare benefits, about $9 circulates through local business and farmers.
Don't let you or someone you care about miss out on this valuable resource. Apply today by visiting www.access.wi.gov or call 1-800-362-3002 to find your local agency for assistance.