This page provides news to keep members up to date on what's happening related to FoodShare and P-EBT benefits.
Extra FoodShare benefits ending February 2023
FoodShare members have been getting extra benefits each month because of a federal program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those extra benefits have been provided separately from members’ regular monthly benefits. The federal government is ending that program. Starting March 1, 2023, members will only get their regular FoodShare benefits.
For example: In February 2023, a household will get $281 in regular FoodShare benefits plus $95 in extra COVID-19 FoodShare benefits for a total of $376 in FoodShare benefits. Starting in March 2023, the household will no longer get the extra $95 of benefits. Instead, that household will only get $281 in regular FoodShare benefits.
You can find your FoodShare benefits information:
Your FoodShare benefit amount is based on how many people live in your household, your income, your bills, and other factors. You may be able to get more FoodShare benefits if you or someone in your household has to pay bills, like rent, utilities, child care, or child support. You may also be able to get more FoodShare benefits if you or someone in your household is 60 years old or older, is blind, or has a disability and that person is paying medical bills out of pocket.
If you have bills you have not reported, or if your bills have changed, let us know and your FoodShare amount may be updated. You can also report changes in your household or income. To review or update the information on file, log in to your ACCESS account or contact your local agency. Your agency may need proof of the changes you report. You will get a letter letting you know if proof is needed.
If you need additional help with food, visit the 211 Wisconsin website or call 877-947-2211 to find out about resources in your area. You can also visit the ACCESS website and click on "See if you can get help." You can also contact your local agency to see what other programs you might qualify for.
FoodShare households may be able to utilize other programs of assistance such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program, free and reduced price school meals, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), or the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Local or regional food pantries may also be able to help with members with food supplies.
FoodShare members are getting extra FoodShare benefits in January and February
If you are enrolled in FoodShare, you are getting extra FoodShare benefits in January and February to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. All FoodShare members are getting at least $95 in additional benefits each month. Some households will get more to bring their benefit amount to the maximum monthly benefit amount for their household size.
These additional FoodShare benefits will be on your QUEST card on the following dates:
- January 21, and a letter telling you about your extra benefits will be sent in late January/early February.
- February 19, and a letter telling you about these extra benefits will be sent the week of February 20.
We are also checking that everyone who should have received extra benefits got them. As a result:
- Some members got their November benefits on their cards on January 8.
- Some members may get their December benefits on their cards on February 12.
February will be the last month that all FoodShare members will receive these extra benefits. A small number of people who miss benefits in January or February will get those in March and April, but most people will not receive any extra benefits after February. You will get a letter in January telling you about this change.
|People in household||Maximum monthly benefit amount|
|Each additional person||$211|
Food benefits for students and young children
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is a federal program that provides food benefits to the families of children who may be experiencing greater need because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Benefits are put on families' existing QUEST cards or on special P-EBT cards if they don't have a QUEST card. Families are encouraged to keep their P-EBT card even when they finish using benefits, as benefits may be put on it in the future if they are eligible.
There are three kinds of Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) programs:
Created by Congress in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the School P-EBT program provides vital benefits to families of children who, because of COVID-19, miss the free or reduced priced meals they would normally have gotten at their school. Only children who are enrolled in the free or reduced price meals program and who attend schools that participate in the USDA’s National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program are eligible for School P-EBT.
Wisconsin has successfully implemented School P-EBT in each of the school years since the start of the pandemic: 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022.
2022-2023 School Year: Wisconsin was the first state to have its School P-EBT plan approved by the federal government for the 2022-23 school year. Details about this year's program will be shared in early 2023.
Pre-6 P-EBT was designed to help families whose young children may have been at home more often due to closures of child care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides benefits for families in FoodShare with children under the age of 6 who do not receive School P-EBT during the school year. FoodShare recipients do not need to do anything to receive these benefits.
Learn more about Pre-6 P-EBT eligibility
2022-2023: We recently received information from the federal government that explains how the Pre-6 Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (Pre-6 P-EBT) program will work in the 2022-23 school year. In partnership with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), we are preparing a plan which we will submit to our federal partners for approval.
Wisconsin’s Summer P-EBT program provides benefits to families of eligible school-age children and eligible non-school-age children to help cover the cost of meals between school years.
You can read Wisconsin’s federally approved Summer P-EBT plan for the 2021-2022 year (PDF). Each eligible child received a total of $391 for the summer of 2022.
2022-2023: We will share information about the 2022-2023 Summer P-EBT program when it is available.
If you get FoodShare or have gotten Pandemic EBT benefits, some stores allow you to shop and pay for your groceries online. Currently, the following stores all accept QUEST or P-EBT cards for online orders on their websites:
- Lou Perrine’s Gas and Grocery
- Miller and Sons Supermarket
- Ptacek's IGA
- Sam’s Club Scan and Go
- Schnuck’s Market
- Woodman’s Markets
(Store websites may refer to your QUEST or P-EBT card as a “SNAP EBT” or “EBT” cards.) Look for an EBT or SNAP card option when you go to pay and enter your card details. You will need to enter your card PIN each time you check out.
You can only use your QUEST or P-EBT card to buy food eligible for FoodShare. If you are buying other items at the same time, you need to use another form of payment to pay for those items.
Some stores may offer delivery. If you are charged a delivery fee, you will not be able to use your QUEST or P-EBT card to pay this fee. You will need to use another form of payment instead.
If you experience any issues when using your QUEST or P-EBT card to pay online, first make sure you have a balance on your card by going to the ebtEDGE website, using the ebtEDGE mobile app, or calling QUEST Card Service at 877-415-5164. If you have a balance and are still unable to complete your transaction, contact customer service at the store where you are trying to make the purchase for help.
If you have questions, contact the P-EBT Support Team.