More households than previous to the COVID-19 pandemic will now be able to get food through The Emergency Food Assistance Program, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced today.

Households with incomes below 300 percent of the federal poverty level are now eligible to receive a monthly share of locally grown, Grade-A foods, including meat, vegetables, fruit, juice and more from a TEFAP food pantry. For a household of one, that income threshold is $38,280. The larger the household, the higher the income threshold. Previously TEFAP’s qualifying income threshold was 185 percent FPL, or $23,606 for a household of one.

“Good nutrition is foundational, and we want to help ensure families in need of assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic have access,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm in a news release. “By increasing the income limit for TEFAP, more Wisconsinites can receive or supplement their food supplies without risk of losing the benefits they receive from other programs.”