(WAOW) -- Gov. Tony Evers declaring a public health emergency on July 30 enables the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to provide additional FoodShare benefits to eligible households. These benefits will assist those Wisconsin families with the cost of food for July and August.
According to the DHS, under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Wisconsin is able to provide FoodShare recipients with the maximum monthly benefit amount that is based on the number of people in their household.
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service allows emergency benefits to be provided to states with declared public health emergencies. Due to this, Wisconsin families recieved emergency benefits in March, April and May.
The state was not under a public health emergency in June, so families did not receive additional benefits.
“The pandemic continues to affect all Wisconsinites, but especially those whose income has been negatively impacted,” said Julie Willems Van Dijk, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health Services. “The ability for eligible households to access additional FoodShare benefits provides an important lifeline, and helps meet one of our most basic human needs.”
FoodShare households not currently receiving the maximum monthly benefit amount for their family size will receive additional benefits bringing them up to that level. The additional July benefits will be available on QUEST cards on August 9. The additional August benefits will be available on QUEST cards on August 23.
Households will receive a letter notifying them of the additional benefits.
The image below shows the maximum monthly benefit based on number of individuals in the household: