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FoodShare Employment and Training: Exemptions from the FoodShare Work Requirement for Adults Ages 18 Through 49

As of October 1, 2020, all FoodShare members in Wisconsin are waived from the time limits of the FoodShare work requirement. This means that even if a member does not meet the FoodShare work requirement, they will keep getting FoodShare benefits.

Normally, if a member doesn’t meet the work requirement and isn’t exempt, they are limited to three months of benefits in a three-year period. This waiver from the time limits will continue until at least the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. When we know the end date, we will update this page.

Note: Even though all FoodShare members are currently waived from the time limits of the FoodShare work requirement, tell your agency if you think you meet any of the exemptions listed below. Also tell us if you have any life changes related to these exemptions.

Exemptions from the FoodShare work requirements

You may need to meet a work requirement to get your FoodShare benefits. This work requirement is for people ages 18–49 who don’t have any children under age 18 living in the home and in the same FoodShare household.

Some FoodShare members are exempt and don’t need to meet this work requirement. You might need to show proof that you are exempt. Exempt means you don’t need to meet the work requirement.

You don’t need to meet the requirement if you are:

  • Living with a child under age 18 who is part of the same FoodShare household.
  • The primary caretaker for a person who can’t care for themselves.
  • The primary caretaker for a child under age 6.
  • Physically or mentally unable to work. This includes being homeless long-term. Being homeless long-term means you won’t have a regular place to stay for the next 30 nights. This also includes people who are in a temporary housing situation, such as transitional living arrangements.
  • Pregnant.
  • Receiving or have applied for unemployment compensation.
  • Taking part in an alcohol or other drug abuse treatment or rehabilitation program.
  • Enrolled in an institution of higher learning at least half-time.
  • Age 18 or older attending high school at least half-time.
  • Enrolled in Wisconsin Works (W-2) and complying with W-2 program requirements.
  • Working 30 or more hours per week, or earning wages equal to 30 or more hours per week at the federal minimum wage ($217.50).

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Last revised November 9, 2022