Wisconsin DHS Works with USDA & Retailers to Make Grocery Shopping Easier for FoodShare HouseholdsMay 21, 2020
For Immediate Release
May 21, 2020
Contact: Elizabeth Goodsitt/Jennifer Miller 608-266-1683
DHS Works with USDA and Retailers to Make Grocery Shopping Flexible and Safe for FoodShare Households
Beginning today, May 21st, Wisconsin households that use FoodShare will be able to shop online at the two grocery retailers currently set up at the national level to accept online payment (Amazon and Walmart). FoodShare, the state’s program that helps Wisconsinites with limited resources buy the food they need for good health, has seen an increase in applications since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides funds to eligible households to purchase groceries using what looks like a debit card.
To support members in safely using their benefits during the pandemic, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) applied to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expedite implementation of online purchasing for FoodShare benefits. That application was approved last week.