FoodShare Wisconsin provides money to help individuals or families to buy food. Participants are given a Quest Card which transfers money to the store to help cover the costs of food you are purchasing.
FoodShare Wisconsin benefits are based on the size of the family and the monthly income. To see if you qualify go to Benifits.Gov to learn more.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
WIC provides monthly vouchers to help you and your children eat healthy. You will also receive nutrition education, support to help you breastfeed your baby, and information on healthcare and other services.
WIC is available to most low-income women and their children. You are eligible for WIC if:
- You are pregnant, breastfeeding or a new mother
- Your child is up to 5 years old
- You are a resident of Wisconsin
- You meet WIC income limits
- You or your child has a health or nutrition need
For more information and to find a clinic near you go to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
School Nutrition Programs
Schools may provide a variety of meals and snacks. In the National School Lunch Program, children can get free or lower price lunches at school. some schools may also serve breakfast, milk programs, fresh fruits and vegetable snacks, after-school snacks, suppers, and summer meals.
The school nutrition program does have some income limits, however if you are on foodshare or W-2 you will automatically qualify for this program. For further information on this program go to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction web page.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is also known as a “Stockbox” or “Cupboard Bound”. CSFP provides food to income eligible elderly in participating counties.
People aged 60 and over are eligible to receive CFSP. You must live in a county served by the program. Go to the USDA web page for more information and to find a participating office near you.
Emergency Food Assistance Program
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides food assistance in the form of food baskets or prepared meals to individuals with limited income. Food assistance is delivered via food pantries or meal sites.
The TEFAP does have monthly income limits according to size of your family. You can go to Wisconsin Department of Health Services for more information and to find a site near you.