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FoodShare: At a Glance Dashboard - Case 5-Year Trend

This dashboard shows 5-year trends for FoodShare caseload data based on the year you choose.

How to use the dashboard

  1. Choose a filter in the gray bar in the dashboard.
    • Year filters all metrics on the dashboard according to that year. Only years that have all 12 months of data available will be listed in the dropdown. The earliest you can select is 2017.
    • County of Residence filters all metrics to only show data for FoodShare cases and members living in that county.
  2. View the summary data at the top of the dashboard in the teal area, and find specific data points underneath the summary data.
  3. Hover over charts and graphs for more facts.

Helpful information

These definitions are sorted by question, and are ordered how they appear in the dashboard

Who received FoodShare benefits in Wisconsin?

Number of AGs

The count of all open FoodShare cases where at least person in the AG received benefits for the report year. AGs that received benefits at least one month of the report year are included. AGs are duplicated across months.

Number of first time AGs

The count of open FoodShare cases for the report year where the AG did not receive any benefits in the 60 months before the beginning of the report year. AGs are duplicated across months.

Average household size

The average number of people in AGs for the report year.

Total allotment

The dollar amount of FoodShare benefits assigned to an AG based on the financial and non-financial criteria used to determine FoodShare eligibility.

Average allotment per household

The average allotment sent to each AG for the report year. AGs are duplicated across months.

Total issuance

The total FoodShare benefit issuance transactions that were sent to FIS (Wisconsin’s EBT card processor) during the report year, regardless of the benefit period for which the amount was issued.

What was the FoodShare AGs household size?

Number of AGs and average AG household size (bar chart and line graph)

The bar chart shows the average monthly number of AGs in a year for each year, up to five years. AGs are duplicated across months.

The line graph shows the average number of people in AGs for each year, up to five years. AGs are duplicated across months. Use the right axis to see the average household size that corresponds to the line.

How many FoodShare AGs were first-time recipients?

Number of first-time AGs (bar chart)

First-time AGs are households where no one received benefits in the past 60 months. The bar graph shows the number of first-time AGs for each year, up to five years.

What was the average monthly earned income of an AG?

AG average monthly earned income (line graph)

The trend of average monthly earned income for AGs, regardless of employment status. Each line color represents a different household size. Use the vertical axis to see the average monthly earned income, and the horizontal axis to see the year.

What was the allotment in the past 5 years?

Total FoodShare allotment and average monthly allotment per AG (bar chart and line graph)

The bar chart shows the total net FoodShare allotments (in millions of dollars) for each year, up to five years.

The line graph shows the average monthly allotment sent to each AG (in dollars) for each year, up to five years. AGs are duplicated across months.

What was the issuance in the past 5 years?

Total FoodShare benefit issuance and average monthly issuance per AG (bar chart and line graph)

The bar chart shows the total FoodShare issuance amount (in millions of dollars) for each year, up to five years.

The line graph shows the average issuance amount per AG (in dollars) for each year in the 5-year report period. AGs are duplicated across months.

  • Assistance Groups (AGs): Individuals who live in the same household, purchase and prepare food together, and pass all financial and non-financial eligibility criteria to receive FoodShare benefits. An Assistance Group is processed as one case. Some household members are required to be in the same assistance group, even if they are no purchasing and preparing meals together. Such as an adult, 18-21 years of age living with their parent.
  • Members: Individuals receiving FoodShare benefits.
  • Minor: A member is considered a minor if they are under the age of 18.
  • EBD: A member is considered EBD if they are elderly (60 years old or or older), blind, or have a disability.
  • Allotment: Dollar amount of FoodShare benefits assigned to an AG based on the financial and non-financial criteria used to determine FoodShare eligibility.
  • Issuance: FoodShare benefits issued to a household in a specific month. Benefits may be issued for that month or a different month.
  • Earned income: Income from current employment, self-employment, recently-ended employment, or strike pay.

To download and print a PDF of the dashboard:

  1. Filter the dashboard to the data you need.
  2. Select the download icon ( ) at the bottom of the dashboard.
  3. Select PDF.
  4. From the Include menu, choose This View.
  5. From the Scaling menu, choose At most 1 page wide.
  6. Select Download.
  7. Open the PDF and print it.
Last revised February 8, 2024