How To Apply For Food Stamps In Wisconsin

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program that offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. The program is run by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). If you live in this state and need to apply for a Wisconsin Quest Card, then the information below shows you how to apply for food stamps in Wisconsin. If you have additional questions or concerns about the Wisconsin SNAP program or the EBT application process, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for assistance.

How To Get Wisconsin FoodShare Benefits
FoodShare Wisconsin helps low-income families and individuals to buy nutritious food. If you want to find out if you can get FoodShare benefits, you need to apply with your agency. You can apply:

  • Online at access.wi.gov and click on "Apply for Benefits." This will let you submit an application to your agency.
  • By calling your agency.
  • Going to your agency in-person.

To find the phone number and address for the agency call Member Services at 1-800-362-3002. After you apply for FoodShare benefits, you must complete an interview with a worker from your agency in order to get benefits. The interview will be done by phone, unless you request your interview in-person at the agency. You will get details about your FoodShare interview from your agency. If you want to see if you may be able to get FoodShare Benefits before you apply, go to access.wi.gov and click on "Am I Eligible". For more information about FoodShare Wisconsin, see the ForwardHealth Enrollment and Benefits Handbook.

FoodShare Wisconsin - Monthly Income Limits

Household Size *200% FPL Gross Income Limit 165% FPL Gross Income Limit ****Separate Household 130% FPL Gross Income Limit ***Reporting Limit 100% FPL **Net Income Limit Maximum Allotment
1 $1,962 $1,619 $1,276 $981 $194
2 $2,656 $2,191 $1,726 $1,328 $357
3 $3,350 $2,763 $2,177 $1,675 $511
4 $4,042 $3,335 $2,628 $2,021 $649
5 $4,736 $3,907 $3,078 $2,368 $771
6 $5,430 $4,479 $3,529 $2,715 $925
7 $6,122 $5,051 $3,980 $3,061 $1,022
8 $6,816 $5,623 $4,430 $3,408 $1,169
9 $7,510 $6,195 $4,881 $3,755 $1,315
10 $8,204 $6,767 $5,332 $4,102 $1,461
Each additional person add $694 $572 $451 $347 $146

* If your family's gross income is at or below 200% of the FPL your family will pass the "Gross Income Test". You will be given certain credits which will be subtracted from your Gross Income. (By gross income, They mean before any taxes and deductions have been taken.)

** If your family's net income is at or below 100% of the FPL after your credits have been subtracted, you may be able to get FoodShare benefits. For more information about the credits you may be able to get, please see the ForwardHealth Enrollment and Benefits handbook.

***If you are enrolled in FoodShare, you must report to your agency if your family's income goes over 130% of the FPL. For more information about reporting changes, see the ForwardHealth Enrollment and Benefits handbook.

****In a very small percent of cases, 165% of the FPL is used to see if you are able to get FoodShare benefits. This income limit is used if you and your spouse (if married) are living and eating with others and you need to apply separately. You may do this only if:

  • You are age 60 or older.
  • You cannot purchase and prepare your own meals because:
    • You are considered by the Social Security Administration to be permanently disabled, or
    • You have a permanent physical or mental non disease-related disability.
  • The gross monthly income of the persons with whom you and your spouse (if married) live with does not go over 165% of the FPL for the number of others in the household.

How to Apply For Wisconsin Benefits
You can apply for FoodShare, BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid or Caretaker Supplement benefits online, by phone, by mail, or in person with your local agency. Guide to Applying for Wisconsin Health and Nutrition Programs P-16091.

  • To apply online, go to ACCESS.wi.gov and click on Apply for Benefits. ACCESS is also the fastest and easiest way to apply for all forms of BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid and FoodShare no matter where you live in Wisconsin.
  • To apply by phone or in person, from the list below click the county where you live or the county/tribal name to get the address and phone number for your local agency.
  • To apply by mail, complete an application for each program you are applying for. Send the completed application and any proof/verification to:

If you live in Milwaukee County:
MDPU
PO Box 05676
Milwaukee WI 53205
Fax: 1-888-409-1979

If you do not live in Milwaukee County:
CDPU
PO Box 5234
Janesville, WI 53547-5234
Fax: 1-855-293-1822

Choose a county or a tribe from the list below to view the agency's information (including address, phone number, fax, and email). The office hours are also posted for each agency. If you have specific questions, contact the main office in your county/tribe. If you don't know the name of your county, you can find it by looking for your home town on the list of Wisconsin municipalities.

Application Forms

  • FoodShare F-16019A
  • BadgerCare Plus and Family Planning Only Services F-10182
  • Medicaid for the Elderly, Blind or Disabled F-10101
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