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Less Food Aid Coming to Wisconsin

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW)-- Carts full of supplies making their way to those who need a helping hand could look a bit emptier soon.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision to override Governor Tony Evers public health emergency, means the state will no longer get an estimated $50 million per month in food aid.

"It's going to make a difference in how people react to that because all of the sudden they're going to have max benefits which is maybe $700 a month to down to maybe $100 or whatever their family qualifies for, so it's going to have a huge impact and not a lot of warning," said Bettina Steadman, Volunteer Coordinator at The Neighbor's Place.

While it was implemented, the public health emergency allowed the state to access that increased federal funding which helped more than a quarter of a million households.

Non-profits such as The Salvation Army are prepared, in case the trend of more people needing food assistance is seen.

"We do pay attention and we do have some foods in reserves, non-perishables, so you know we are ready for an uptick," said Ann Chrudinsky, Development Director at The Salvation Army.

In February over 771,000 people receive assistance through Foodshare, with just over 13,000 people in Marathon County.

Those at The Neighbor's Place say a trickle down could be seen. They say that people who were able to spend other money for necessities now may now have to focus that money on food.

"So there's are these other factors too with the cost of things, I mean gas has gone up, diapers are going up, food costs are high and then you lose your benefits so it's an issue, it's a huge issue," Steadman said.

Those receiving food assistance will need to figure out how to balance their budgets for expected loss of funds.

For those needing food assistance, more information on how to apply can be found on the Department of Health Services website.

Bobby Falat

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