March FoodShare Benefits will be Available March 1
Other Wisconsin Food and Nutrition Programs Will Continue on Normal Schedule
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that funding for March FoodShare benefits is available. FoodShare members will see their benefits on their QUEST cards, and be able to use them, on March 1, 2019.
Due to the recent federal government shutdown, February FoodShare benefits were issued early to members, on January 20, 2019. DHS is adjusting the March benefit schedule to minimize the length of time between February and March benefit issuance dates. A normal benefit issuance schedule would result in members receiving their benefits between March 2 and 15. Members who typically receive their benefits on the 15th of the month would have waited 54 days between benefit issuances, which would put a strain on families.
The benefit amount on members’ QUEST cards on March 1, 2019, will be the normal amount FoodShare members receive for the month, so they should budget and plan accordingly.
Members may have gotten letters in the past few weeks, saying they were getting no FoodShare benefits in March due to the federal government shutdown. Those letters are not correct. Members will receive March benefits, and get new letters showing the correct benefit amount after February 9, 2019.
Other food and nutrition programs have funding for March, including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).
DHS continues to be committed to minimizing the impact of the federal government shutdown on members and retailers. DHS will continue to provide updates on the FoodShare webpage as more information becomes available.