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FoodShare: At a Glance Dashboard - Case Summary

This dashboard shows FoodShare caseload data based on the month you choose.

How to use the dashboard

  1. Choose a filter in the gray bar in the dashboard.
    • Month Year filters all metrics on the dashboard according to that month. The earliest you can select is January 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 in [Month] [Year]?

Number of AGs

The count of all open FoodShare cases where at least person in the AG received benefits for the report month.

Number of first time AGs

The count of open FoodShare cases for the report month where the AG did not receive any benefits in the 60 months before the report month.

Average household size

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

Percent of AGs who are EBD

The percent of AGs with at least one person who is EBD for the report month.

Percent of AGs with minors

The percent of AGs with at least one minor for the report month.

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 month.

Total issuance

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

What was the FoodShare AGs household size?

Number of AGs

The count of all open FoodShare cases (at least one person in the AG received benefits) for the report month.

Average household size

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

AGs by household size (bar graph)

The distribution of AGs by household size, showing household sizes of 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 or more. The sum of the bars is the total number of AGs for the report month.

How many parents were in households with minors?

Percent of AGs with minors (donut chart)

The percent of AGs with at least one minor when FoodShare benefits began who is eligible for benefits. The full donut chart represents the total number of AGs. The percent change indicates an increase or decrease from the month before the report month.

AGs with minors by number of parents (bar chart)

The distribution of AGs by number of parents. A parent is someone who is related to a minor, defined as their acknowledged father, legal or adjudicated father, mother, stepfather, or stepmother.

If an AG has more than two parents, the AG is counted as a two-parent AG. If an AG has two related or unrelated minors each with their own unrelated parents, the AG is counted as a two-parent AG. The sum of the bars is the total number of AGs with minors

How many AGs had people who are EBD?

Percent of AGs with members who are EBD (donut chart)

The percent of AGs with at least one person who is EBD. The full donut chart represents the total number of AGs. The percent change indicates an increase or decrease from the month before the report month.

EBD AGs by allotment distribution (bar chart)

The distribution of FoodShare allotments for AGs with at least one person who is EBD by amount of allotments (in dollars).

How many FoodShare AGs were returning or first-time recipients?

Percent of first-time AGs (donut chart)

The percent of open FoodShare cases for the report month where the AG did not receive any FoodShare benefits in the 60 months before the report month. The full donut chart represents the total number of AGs. The percent change indicates an increase or decrease from the month before the report month.

Returning AGs by years that AG has not received FoodShare benefits (bar chart)

The distribution of returning AGs by the number of years the AGs have not received FoodShare benefits. Example: If an AG stopped getting benefits in July 2018, and started getting benefits again in March 2022 and has continued to get benefits from March to November 2022, the AG will show up under every report month from March to November 2022 in the “3 to ≤ 4 years” range.

How many working families received FoodShare?

Percent of working family AGs (donut chart)

The percent of AGs with at least one minor and their parent who earned income during the report month. The full donut chart represents the total number of AGs. The percent change indicates an increase or decrease from the month before the report month.

Working family AGs by number of parents (bar chart)

The number and average monthly earned income of AGs with at least one minor and their parent who earned income during the report month, distributed by number of parents. A parent is someone who is related to a minor, defined as their acknowledged father, legal or adjudicated father, mother, stepfather, or stepmother.

If an AG has more than two parents, the AG is counted as a two-parent AG. If an AG has two related or unrelated minors each with their own unrelated parents, the AG is counted as a two-parent AG.

What was the average monthly earned income of an AG?

Percent of AGs with at least one person working (donut chart)

The percent of AGs with at least one person, no matter their age, who is employed during the report month, is not on strike, and receives more than $0.00 in earned income. The full donut chart represents the total number of AGs. The percent change indicates an increase or decrease from the month before the report month.

Average monthly earned income of AGs by household size (bar chart)

The average monthly earned income of AGs, regardless of employment status, distributed by household size for the report month.

What was the allotment this month? 

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 month.

AGs by FoodShare allotment distribution (bar chart)

The number of AGs distributed by the amount (in dollars) of their FoodShare allotment.

What was the issuance this month?

Total issuance

The total FoodShare benefit issuance transactions that were sent to FIS in the report month, regardless of the benefit period for which the amount was issued.

Average issuance per household

The average benefits issuance transactions per household.

AGs by benefit issuance distribution (bar chart)

The number of AGs distributed by the amount (in dollars) of benefit issuance for the report month.

  • 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