Wisconsin Food Stamps

In Wisconsin, the FoodShare program is administered by the Department of Health Services. The program is designed to help low-income families and individuals buy food to meet their basic nutritional needs. To receive benefits, you must first determine if you’re eligible. The easiest way to do this is to use this screening tool. If you’ve determined you’re eligible, the next step is to apply for food stamp benefits.

To do so, you can go to the website to start a new application, continue an existing one or check the status of one you’ve already submitted. You may also apply with your local agency in person or by phone by downloading the application online. Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll need to go through an interview process and verify your information with supporting documentation. If you’re approved, you will be issued be issued a Wisconsin QUEST card. This card can be used to buy food items at participating stores. To make purchases, simply swipe at the register and enter your four-digit PIN.


1. Do I have to use all my benefits?

No you do not. However, any benefits not used after 365 days will be removed from your account.

2. When are my benefits deposited?

Benefits are deposited based on the eighth digit of your Social Security Number. For a breakdown of the issuance schedule, click here.

3. How can I check my account balance?

To check your QUEST account balance, you can call QUEST Customer Service at 1-877-415-5164.

4. What should I do if my QUEST card is lost or stolen?

If your card is lost or stolen, report it immediately by calling the Customer Service line at 1-877-415-5164. Your card will be cancelled and a new one will be mailed the next day.

5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?

Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.

Contact: Wisconsin Food Stamps.