January 18, 2019
by: Rebecca Nicholson
The Door County Department of Health and Human Services reports that due to the federal government shutdown, current FoodShare recipients will have their February FoodShare benefits put on their QUEST electronic benefits cards earlier than usual (as soon as January 20, 2019). The amount will be the normal February monthly benefit amount. FoodShare benefits will not be put on QUEST cards in February, so FoodShare members are advised to budget and plan accordingly. Individuals can submit new FoodShare applications during the shutdown, however federal funding for benefits has not yet been guaranteed. FoodShare benefits are 100% federally funded.
Programs not yet impacted by the federal government shutdown through February: The Women, Infants & Children Program (WIC), the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) Program, FoodShare Outreach, TEFAP (emergency food outreach providing food to pantries and meal sites), and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
Programs NOT impacted by the federal government shutdown: Health care benefits provided under BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, and SeniorCare; Wisconsin Shares child care subsidies, Wisconsin Works (W-2) payments, and Kinship Care payments.
The Wisconsin DHS will continue to post up-to-date information regarding impacted programs on their webpage, www.dhs.wisconsin.gov .
Here is a link to FAQs https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dms/fed-gov-shutdown-faqs.pdf
In response to the possibility of a funding shortage come March please consider donating to local Door County pantries for those who may need it. Here is a link to all local Door County Pantries. http://doorcountylibrary.org/food_clothing