What is FoodWIse

Two federal grants fund the Dane County FoodWIse program:

USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program – EFNEP. SNAP/FoodShare helps families buy the food they need for good health.

FoodWIse operates in 71 Wisconsin counties through UW Madison Division of Extension and provides research-based education and materials.

FoodWIse Programming

What we teach:

  • Purchasing and preparing healthful, affordable meals and snacks.
  • Balancing food intake and physical activity.
  • Keeping food safe to eat.
  • Developing a spending and savings plan to become more food secure.

How we teach:

FoodWIse nutrition educators teach nutrition in a variety of ways:

  • Small or large one-time or multi-session groups; done at various local agency or community sites
  • Mini lessons (such as at food pantries & clinics while clients are waiting for services)
  • Participants receive education & materials that contain nutrition information, recipes, money saving ideas and tips.
  • Programs are available in English, Spanish and Hmong.

Becoming a participant:

The programs are free to families and individuals within established income guidelines. This includes, but is not limited to, families and individuals who are eligible for:

QUEST Card (Food Stamps/FoodShare); WIC; Wisconsin Works (W2)

Social Security & Social Security Disability Income; Free or Reduced Lunch; School Breakfast Program; Healthy Start; Head Start ; Medical Assistance; Badger Care

To find out more about FoodShare and other Nutrition, Health, and Childcare programs go to: http://access.wisconsin.gov

Visit access.wi.gov to learn how to apply for food assistance or call (608) 741-3400.

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