Government Shutdown May Mean FoodShare is Distributed Early

FoodShare members may receive their February benefits earlier due to the government shutdown, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

FoodShare benefits may be added to QUEST cards as early as January 20 in the normal amount. Benefits will not be put on the cards in February and members are advised to factor this into their budget.

The federal government is also funding programs including WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program; the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP); and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

Applications are still available during the shutdown for these benefits and programs. Other programs not impacted by the shutdown includes Medicaid, Wisconsin Works (W-2), BadgerCare Plus, SeniorCare, and Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy.

Updates will be provided at the FoodShare website.