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Wisconsin could lose $50M in federal funding for food aid

“It’s going to be a crisis for some people,” Sherrie Tussler, Hunger Task Force executive director, told WISN 12. “We’re looking at what we would refer to in our business as a food cliff at the end of April. Which means no more benefits.” Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in WisconsinCurrently, more than 400,000 households in Wisconsin use foodshare programs.The Wisconsin Supreme Court voted to block Gov. Tony Evers’ emergency orders. The move lifts the state mask mandate, but it also means Wisconsin will lose $50 million in federal funding for food aid.The halt will come in April. Tussler also warns the Trump administration’s Family to Farmers box program will likely end this year, too, she says striking another blow to the farm economy.”A lot of people are going to see a lot less money on their card,” Tussler said. “A single adult living in public housing used to get $16 in federal FoodShare benefits, they’re at $234 dollars right now. Imagine making it through a month on $16 in federal aid.”WISN 12 reached out to Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos regarding the loss to federal funding. In a statement, Vos said: “The first bill of the legislative session included a provision that addressed FoodShare funding, but the governor vetoed it.”He is referring to Wisconsin Legislature: Amendment SA1-AA1-SSA1-AB1. Tussler said she can ensure anyone currently receiving emergency FoodShare will still receive their April payment, likely around April 22. After that, the state would need to put another emergency order in place.“The need remains high, the pandemic is still a thing if you haven’t noticed and it’s really important that people be able to eat every single day,” she said.This will not affect the Pandemic EBT or summer food programs.Sign up for coronavirus email alerts from WISNGet breaking news alerts with the WISN 12 app.Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

“It’s going to be a crisis for some people,” Sherrie Tussler, Hunger Task Force executive director, told WISN 12. “We’re looking at what we would refer to in our business as a food cliff at the end of April. Which means no more benefits.”

Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in Wisconsin

Currently, more than 400,000 households in Wisconsin use foodshare programs.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court voted to block Gov. Tony Evers’ emergency orders.

The move lifts the state mask mandate, but it also means Wisconsin will lose $50 million in federal funding for food aid.

The halt will come in April.

Tussler also warns the Trump administration’s Family to Farmers box program will likely end this year, too, she says striking another blow to the farm economy.

“A lot of people are going to see a lot less money on their card,” Tussler said. “A single adult living in public housing used to get $16 in federal FoodShare benefits, they’re at $234 dollars right now. Imagine making it through a month on $16 in federal aid.”

WISN 12 reached out to Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos regarding the loss to federal funding.

In a statement, Vos said: “The first bill of the legislative session included a provision that addressed FoodShare funding, but the governor vetoed it.”

He is referring to Wisconsin Legislature: Amendment SA1-AA1-SSA1-AB1.

Tussler said she can ensure anyone currently receiving emergency FoodShare will still receive their April payment, likely around April 22.

After that, the state would need to put another emergency order in place.

“The need remains high, the pandemic is still a thing if you haven’t noticed and it’s really important that people be able to eat every single day,” she said.

This will not affect the Pandemic EBT or summer food programs.

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