CONTACT: Seth Boffeli, (608) 266-5862
GOVERNOR DOYLE ANNOUNCES FOOD ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR
MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle announced today that the Department of
Health Services will operate a Disaster FoodShare Program for certain
residents of Milwaukee County who were economically affected by severe
storms on July 20th. Only residents in certain zip codes, where flooding
occurred, will be eligible and individuals currently on FoodShare will not
be required to apply in person.
State and Federal officials have limited eligibility to specific zip
codes that the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has confirmed
suffered flood related damage. Households who had expenses or losses
because of the flooding and power outages from the July 20, 2010 storms
can get a disaster benefits if they lived or worked in one of the
following zip codes on July 20th: 53205, 53206, 53209, 53210, 53211,
53212, 53216, 53218, 53222, 53224 and 53225.
Households that qualify will receive a one-time FoodShare benefit for
the maximum amount according to their household size. There are specific
instructions for individuals in the affected zip codes:
- If you were enrolled in FoodShare in July and received
replacement benefits after the flooding you do not have to
do anything. Any benefits you are eligible for will be automatically
added to your Quest card on November 25th.
- If you were enrolled in FoodShare in July but did not receive any
replacement benefits after the flooding you can apply by calling
1-888-947-6583 between 11/9 and 11/17. Current FoodShare
enrollees do not need to appear in person to apply.
In both circumstances anyone who received their maximum FoodShare
benefit in July is not eligible for the Disaster FoodShare Program.
Households will be notified by DHS if they do not qualify.
- If you lived or worked in the affected zip codes on July 20th and
suffered flood related losses but are not on FoodShare you must
apply for disaster FoodShare benefits in person at one of the
locations below between 11/9 and 11/17.
You must bring proof of identity. If possible, applicants should
also bring along proof of residency and income for July and August. To
speed up the application process, applications can be printed and filled
out ahead of time at the following website: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/foodshare.
1220 W Vilet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205
2701 S Chase Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207
The Disaster FoodShare Program is an additional benefit to current FEMA
assistance and ends on 11/17. For more information about disaster
FoodShare benefits, visit: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/foodshare.
Last Revised: November 09, 2010