MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Food pantries are expecting to feel ripple effects as an expiration date looms for the hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites getting FoodShare benefits.
Starting March 1, FoodShare (or food stamp, EBT, SNAP) recipients will no longer have the extra pandemic-era dollars to help pay for their groceries. They will start getting their regular benefits again, and compared to what they got during the pandemic, the difference may be obvious.
For example, a person who got $23 a month for FoodShare pre-pandemic, which is the minimum amount someone could get, got a boost of more than $200 during the pandemic.
“Everybody got the difference between their normal benefit and the maximum benefit for their household size, or $95, whichever was more,” Julia Wiebe, a FoodShare outreach specialist with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, explained.