Receiving FoodShare is like getting an automatic coupon each month. FoodShare, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — formerly known as Food Stamps — could give you monthly deposits to help with food purchases, freeing up money for bills, medications and other necessities.
It’s easier than ever to apply and you can even get free, confidential assistance. It’s also very discrete and easy to use with a Wisconsin Qwest Card much like a regular debit card.
Even the minimum benefit would give you $192 per year.
Nearly 30,000 seniors in southwest Wisconsin are not claiming their benefits.
Eligibility is based on income and certain expenses — not assets — so you can own a home and car and even have a savings account.
Most people only receiving Social Security and even a small pension are eligible.
Claiming FoodShare helps your community. The USDA estimates every $5 spent in FoodShare circulates about $9 through local businesses and to our farmers.
Receiving benefits does not take away from others. Everyone who is eligible and applies will get benefits.
For more information, call Second Harvest’s FoodShare Helpline at 855-366-3635; your local benefit specialist at 715-395-1234, or your Elder Benefit Specialist Pat Nelson at 715-395-7533. You may also apply online at www.access.wisconsin.gov.