Replacement Benefits Available to FoodShare Members Affected by the Recent Severe Weather
Replacement FoodShare benefits are available to FoodShare members who lost food purchased with their benefits due to the recent severe weather and power outages. To request replacement FoodShare benefits, members must fill out the Request for Replacement FoodShare Benefits form, F-00330, and submit it by fax, mail, or in person to their agency. Replacement benefits are issued for the amount of food lost, up to the amount of benefits already issued for the month.
FoodShare members who lose food purchased with their FoodShare benefits due to a misfortune or natural disaster usually have 10 days to report lost food and request replacement FoodShare benefits. However, Wisconsin received approval from the federal government to extend this time frame for FoodShare members in certain locations.
Members in the following counties have until August 19, 2019, to request replacement FoodShare benefits:
- Bay Lake Consortium counties: Brown, Door, Marinette, Oconto, and Shawano.
- Central Consortium counties: Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, and Portage.
- East Central Consortium counties: Calumet, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marquette, Outagamie, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago.
- Great Rivers Consortium counties: Barron, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, and Washburn.
- Northern Consortium counties: Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, and Wood.
- Western Consortium counties: Buffalo, Clark, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Trempealeau, and Vernon.
Members of the following tribes have until August 19, 2019, to request replacement FoodShare benefits:
- Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
- Forest County Potawatomi Community.
- Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin.
- Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
- Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.
- Oneida Nation.
- Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
- Sokaogon Chippewa Community.
- Stockbridge-Munsee Community.
Members in counties and tribes not listed above have the usual 10 days from the date they lost their food to request replacement FoodShare benefits.
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.
Be Aware of Phone Scams
If you are getting health care benefits, DHS will not call 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 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, 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.
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:
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