Wisconsin FoodShare recipients have benefited from additional payments via federal funding intended to support people during the pandemic.
As of this month, the extra pandemic benefits will be discontinued.
IMPACT 211 has experienced an increase in requests for food-related assistance over the past six to nine months due to higher costs for groceries, utilities, rent and many household goods. The elimination of the pandemic benefit will likely result in greater reliance on the emergency food pantry system, meals sites and other basic needs resources.
"It's been getting busier each month. I think we served roughly 30% more families in 2022 compared to 2021 and that was with emergency allotments still in place," said Sophia Torrijos, executive director of Friedens Food Pantries. "So March truly has the potential to be a disaster for organizations and families."