FoodShare Wisconsin - A Recipe for Good Health

Possible Fraud Risk

August 31, 2015: The federal Food and Nutrition Service Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has notified states that there have been reports of the general public receiving unsolicited calls from what appears to be the SNAP toll free information hotline number at 1-800-221-5689.  The unsolicited callers are requesting personal information offering assistance for filling out a SNAP application or other non-SNAP related services such as home security systems. Never provide personal information or your credit card number over the phone to unsolicited callers.

This outside entity that has “spoofed” the SNAP toll free information hotline number is not affiliated with the Food and Nutrition Service or SNAP.

If you suspect that you are receiving illegitimate calls from 1-800-221-5689, you may file a complaint with the FCC. If you have already fallen victim to this or a similar scam, please visit the Federal Trade Commission Identify Theft Consumer Information website for more information about identity theft.


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  • New FoodShare program rules began statewide on April 1, 2015. Certain adults between the ages of 18 through 49 with no minor children in their home may need to meet a work requirement or meet an exemption to continue getting FoodShare benefits. The work requirement rules will affect members who have a renewal or apply for FoodShare benefits on and after April 1, 2015. Learn more about FSET and the new program rules.
  • Due to changes in federal law, FoodShare rules have recently changed. To get a Standard Utility Credit, you must report the utilities that your household is required to pay. See the FoodShare Standard Utility Credit (P-00654), fact sheet for more information.
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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, retired or are disabled and  not able to work.

To learn more about FoodShare Wisconsin and how to apply, visit How To Get FoodShare Benefits.

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To learn the current FoodShare Income Limits, visit FoodShare Monthly Income Limits.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the base of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected by genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities).

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers (click the link for a listing of hotline numbers by State); found online at

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Last Revised: August 31, 2015