Spending Your FoodShare Benefits

Your FoodShare benefits will be put into your FoodShare account each month using an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) system. Once your benefits are in your account, you can use your Wisconsin QUEST card to buy food at stores, farmers markets, and other places that accept EBT payments.

What can I buy with my benefits?

You can use your FoodShare benefits to buy food, such as:

  • Breads and cereals.
  • Fruits and vegetables.
  • Meats, fish, and poultry.
  • Dairy products.
  • Snack foods.
  • Seeds and plants to grow food for your family to eat.

What can't I buy with my benefits?

You cannot use your FoodShare benefits to buy:

  • Nonfood items (pet foods, paper products, soaps, household supplies, grooming items, tooth paste, cosmetics, etc.).
  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, or tobacco.
  • Food that will be eaten in the store.
  • Hot foods (food cooked and served hot at the store).
  • Vitamins and medicines.

You also cannot use your benefits to pay for deposit fees on containers, such as glass milk bottles and other returnable soft drink cans or bottles.


See a more detailed list of items you can and cannot buy with your FoodShare benefits. 

When will I get my benefits?

The date you get your FoodShare benefits each month is based on the eighth digit of your Social Security number (SSN).

Eighth digit of SSN 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Day of the month you will get benefits 2nd 3rd 5th 6th 8th 9th 11th 12th 14th 15th

Why was my purchase amount adjusted?

Sometimes the amount you paid with your FoodShare benefits may need to be adjusted for an error (for example, a system error). You will get a letter that explains why the adjustment is needed. If you do not agree with the adjustment, you will have 15 calendar days from the date of the letter to file for a fair hearing. Information about filing for a fair hearing will be in your letter. The amount of the adjustment may stay in your account until a fair hearing decision is made.


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Last Revised: May 21, 2020