You may apply for food stamps in Wisconsin through the state Department of Health Services (DHS). Federally, this program is known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In Wisconsin, SNAP is officially known as the FoodShare program. In order to apply for SNAP in WI, you will need to provide information on each member of your household who wishes to receive benefits. For this program, a household is defined as any group of people who live together and share meals.
A food stamp application can be submitted to the DHS using several different methods. No matter how you apply, you will need to complete a few other things in order to complete the process. Learn more about filling out a SNAP benefits application and find out what happens after you apply by reading the sections below.
What do you need to apply for food stamps in Wisconsin?
When filling out a food stamp application form in Wisconsin, you should be prepared to share a variety of information about yourself and your household. Details and documents you may need to have on hand include:
- Social Security Numbers (SSNs) for yourself and each household member.
- The name and date of birth of each household member.
- Your marital status.
- Your mailing and street address.
- Citizenship status.
- Income and employment details.
- Proof of legal presence and identity.
- Proof of income and certain expenses.
You have the right to submit an incomplete Wisconsin SNAP benefits application as long as it provides at least your name, address and signature. If you do not have all of the information on hand right now, but you know you need assistance, it is in your best interest to apply as soon as possible.
Any information that is missing from your application can be provided at a later date. Learn more about the documents and details you may need to share by downloading our free guide.
How to Apply for Food Stamps Online in Wisconsin
It is easy to submit a food stamp application online in Wisconsin using the official state portal. This system is used for applying to several different types of benefits, such as food, cash and/or medical assistance. If you are eligible, you can apply for more than one service at the same time.
Before you can request food stamps online, you will need to create or log into a state portal account. You may log into your existing account or create a new one. Once you are signed in, select the service you need and follow the on-screen instructions to complete your form.
Note: The online application is only available in English and Spanish. Applicants who need an application in a different language may need to apply by mail or in person instead.
How to Submit a Wisconsin Food Stamp Application by Mail
It is also simple to sign up for food stamps using a paper application. The Wisconsin food stamp application can be downloaded and printed from the DHS website. If you do not have access to a printer, you can also call the DHS to request a copy to be sent to you by mail.
Simply fill out the required fields of the paper application and sign this form. Once it is complete, mail it to the correct address.
How to Apply for SNAP In-Person in Wisconsin
You may also apply for food stamps in Wisconsin by visiting a DHS income maintenance agency in person. While you are not required to make an appointment to apply for services, be mindful that office hours and policies may vary depending on the location you visit.
While at the office, you can meet with a caseworker who will help you fill out a paper application or enter your information into the online system.
How to Check Your SNAP Application Status in Wisconsin
You may wish to look at your food stamp application status after submitting your form. If you applied online, simply log into your account to view your applications.
You may also contact the DHS for information on your application. Be aware that most applications will be processed within 30 days. You may receive a response within seven days if you qualify for emergency food benefits.
Wisconsin Food Stamp Interview Process
After you sign up for food stamps, you need to undergo an interview. You can arrange for a food stamp phone interview in some cases, but other times, it may be necessary to attend an in-person meeting.
During your interview, you should be prepared to show the caseworker proof of your income, identity and expenses. If you are unable to locate proof of these things, a caseworker can help you find the required information.
About SNAP Recertification in Wisconsin
When your food stamp application is approved, you will receive assistance for a set amount of time. A food stamp renewal must be completed once your benefits expire if you wish to keep getting assistance. The length of your certification period varies depending on your situation. In any case, you can renew food stamps online, in person or by mail.
During the renewal process, you will need to recertify your eligibility. It may be necessary to provide new documentation that verifies your income and other qualifications. If any of your eligibility factors have changed, note that your benefit amount may go up or down after a renewal.
How to Appeal a Food Stamps Denial in Wisconsin
In the event you have your food stamps denied, the DHS will give you a notification. This notice will include instructions for requesting an appeal. You have the right to appeal food stamps decisions that you disagree with, such as your benefits being reduced or eliminated.
The food stamps appeal process includes a prehearing conference, which may allow you to reach an agreement sooner. If you do not come to an agreement during the conference, a fair hearing will take place. During a fair hearing, you will have an opportunity to present information that backs up your argument. Learn more about denials and appeals by downloading our free guide.