After severe weather conditions have hit counties across Wisconsin this past week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is working to assist FoodShare members who have lost food due to storm damage or a power outage lasting four or more hours.
“The damage caused by the severe storms across Wisconsin this week has hit many families who were already struggling,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake in a statement. “We want our FoodShare members to know that replacement benefits are available to help restock food that was lost.”
According to a press release, to request replacement benefits, members must submit a form and proof of a power outage or other causes of lost food. If members have trouble finding proof, they can contact the agency that manages their benefits that may be able to help them gather information directly from power companies. Forms must be submitted within 10 days of the date the food was lost. The completed form and any additional documents can be submitted online at access.wi.gov, in person at their agency, mail, or fax.
You can learn more about FoodShare and how to apply on the DHS website.