Wisconsin takes steps to increase access to FoodShare during pandemic

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is offering eligible retailers across the state the opportunity to obtain free equipment aimed at letting people access their FoodShare benefits safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The equipment will allow retailers to process purchases through FoodShare wirelessly, meaning people can use their benefits to purchase groceries through curbside pick-up and payment.

“Wisconsin has been seeing critically high levels of COVID-19 cases for weeks, and we know that the best way to prevent the spread of this disease is by limiting exposure to others outside your household,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “There are some activities though, like shopping for food, that are necessities. By helping retailers expand their options for accepting electronic payments from Wisconsinites using FoodShare, we can help protect both shoppers and workers by reducing their direct contact with one another.”

Retailers can access the program — federally funded by the CARES Act — at https://totilpay.com/wisconsinebt/.