Wisconsin FoodShare

Wisconsin FoodShare provides monthly benefits to families with limited income to help pay for the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet.

Anyone may apply but priority is given to single mothers living on small or fixed income, the elderly, people with disabilities.

Benefit levels vary widely depending on the household’s size and income — a family of three in Wisconsin now average a little more than $339 per month.


In order to qualify for FoodShare, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in Wisconsin
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines
  5. Have less than $2,250 in resources

Currently, most recipients ages 18—49 who aren’t disabled or raising children are required to work a minimum of 20 hours a week in order to receive SNAP benefits. Otherwise, receipt of benefits is limited to no more than 3 months during a 36-month period.


What are the income limits for food stamps in Wisconsin? #


Most families in Wisconsin with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,590 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.

How do I apply for food stamps in Wisconsin? #


To apply for FoodShare, visit ACCESS website. Choose “Apply for Benefits”. This is the fastest and easiest way to apply for SNAP benefits in Wisconsin.

To get an idea of your likely eligibility for FoodShare benefits before you apply, click “Am I Eligible”.

If you are accepted into the program, your benefits are automatically deposited to your Wisconsin QUEST Card account on the same day of each month you are eligible.

How do I get help meeting the work requirement? #


If you are not already working or participating in a work program for at least 80 hours each month, you will be referred to the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program.

FSET is a free program that helps FoodShare recipients build their job skills and find jobs that meet the work requirement.