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Government Shutdown Update
On Friday, February 15, Congress and the President agreed to a funding bill that provides USDA funding for FY19, removing the threat of a second government shutdown this year.
- The majority of FoodShare households (284,436) received February benefits early (on January 20th). These households faced a possible 41-54 day wait until March benefits. Wisconsin decided to issue March benefits to all confirmed cases on March 1st.
- Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services will issue a press release, update language on the FoodShare webpage, and update language on the ACCESS webpage and MyACCESS mobile app to reflect the new mass benefit issuance date of March 1. DHS sent out a mass email to 260,000 recipients on Wednesday, February 13. The email was written in English with Spanish and Hmong translations. 258,000 emails were delivered with a 42% open rate.
- April FoodShare benefits are anticipated to be issued according to the normal staggered issuance schedule based upon the eighth digit of a recipient’s Social Security number:
- SSN 0: April 2nd
- SSN 1: April 3rd
- SSN 2: April 5th
- SSN 3: April 6th
- SSN 4: April 8th
- SSN 5: April 9th
- SSN 6: April 11th
- SSN 7: April 12th
- SSN 8: April 14th
- SSN 9: April 15th
- Hunger Task Force is ready to help! Our FoodShare Outreach team is in the community helping folks with FoodShare questions, applications and renewals. Se hable espanol. Peb hais lus Hmoob. Find our outreach locations and schedule here.
- Some Wisconsin grocers have asked questions about getting reimbursed for FoodShare QUEST purchases. Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services (DHS) assures all retailers that they will get reimbursement from any QUEST/EBT card transaction. Any FoodShare recipient having problems at the grocery store or retailer with questions are directed to contact DHS at: DHSFoodSharePolicy@dhs.wisconsin.gov
- FoodShare recipients should be aware that some letters they received from the state government said they are getting no benefits in March due to the government shutdown. However, these letters are generated automatically, and the state will mail updated letters with the correct issuance. However, some families will receive letters that have the incorrect issuance date listed (the previous staggered schedule).
Milwaukee Enrollment Services CLOSED Thursday Afternoons
- Milwaukee Enrollment Services (MiLES) manages the FoodShare program within Milwaukee County.
- Thursdays beginning February 21st, 2019, MiLES Call Center and in-person lobby will close at 12:00pm.
Programs that will operate normally (and provide benefits/food) in February:
- Stockbox for seniors (Commodity Supplemental Food Program)
- School Meals (See USDA’s press release on School Meals) on January 17, USDA informed Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction that school meal reimbursements are available through March, 2019.
- WIC (Women, Infants & Children) “WIC has sufficient funds to remain fully operational with no changes in services or benefits for at least several weeks”
- TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program)
Programs that aren’t impacted:
- BadgerCare Plus
- Wisconsin Works (W-2)
- Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program
How you can stay informed:
- Visit the DHS FoodShare website for updates and FAQs
- USDA FNS Shutdown Webpage
- USDA FNS Facts about SNAP After the Shutdown: For Clients & Retailers.
- USDA SNAP/FoodShare Q&As: January 31, January 19, January 14 and January 10
- Email email@example.com with specific questions.
What you can do:
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