We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our members during the COVID-19 pandemic. To stay informed about the latest program updates, limitations to in-person contacts, general COVID-19 resources, and more, please go to the COVID-19: ForwardHealth Program Updates for You and Your Family webpage.
Be Aware of Fraudulent Surveys Targeting FoodShare Members
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has become aware of a fraudulent survey offering cash and additional benefits for FoodShare members.
DHS does not give any member additional FoodShare benefits or cash rewards for doing something like completing a survey.
Sometimes organizations or agencies outside of DHS conduct surveys that may include a cash reward. However, always look more into any survey before completing it, so that you can make sure it is safe to complete.
FoodShare Wisconsin was created to help stop hunger and to improve nutrition and health. FoodShare helps people with limited money buy the food they need for good health.
Each month, people across Wisconsin get help from FoodShare. They are people of all ages who have a job but have low incomes, are living on small or fixed income, have lost their job, and are retired or disabled and not able to work.
To apply for FoodShare, visit Apply for Benefits.
For current FoodShare income limits, visit FoodShare Monthly Income Limits.
Information about the public charge rule
In 2020, the federal government announced changes to its “public charge” rule, which may affect some immigrants who use certain types of public benefits. These changes are no longer in effect. Learn more about the charge rule.
Be aware of scams
If you are getting health care benefits, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services will not call or text you seeking personal or financial information. If you are getting FoodShare benefits, your agency will call you to complete a FoodShare interview and may ask you to verify certain information to ensure they are talking with the correct person. If you are unsure of who you are talking to, hang up, and call your agency or ForwardHealth Member Services at 800-362-3002.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, advises consumers not to give out personal or financial information to people you do not know through phone calls, text messages, emails, or knocks on your door. Scam artists want your information to commit identity theft, charge your existing credit cards, debit your checking account, open a new credit card, checking, or savings account, write fraudulent checks, or take out loans in your name.
In addition, you should only use the ACCESS website to apply for and manage your benefits and the MyACCESS mobile app to manage benefits. If you are getting FoodShare benefits, you can view information about your FoodShare account using the ebtEDGE mobile app.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
- mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- fax: 202-690-7442; or
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.