A change in federal law has made more students temporarily eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are deposited on a QUEST card (similar to a debit card) once a month to help you buy groceries. You may be eligible to receive food benefits through SNAP (even if you haven’t previously qualified!) if you meet ONE of the following criteria:
- Eligible to participate in work study (even if you are not currently working or employed in a work-study position)
- Have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 as reflected on your 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Work 20 or more hours a week
- Are the primary caretaker of a child
- Fall within certain income limits
To check your eligibility and to fill out an application, visit https://access.wisconsin.gov.
If you need any assistance, the Basic Needs Team in the Office of Student Financial Aid is available to directly assist students in navigating local & federal programs that help meet Basic Needs, including SNAP. You can reach them via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions or may need other basic needs resources please visit their website at: https://financialaid.wisc.edu/success/basic-needs-resources/.
Other food assistance options, including the Open Seat or the Keep food pantries, can be found on UHS’s website, https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/prevention/food-assistance/.This article was posted in Campus & Community Involvement.