Under the plan, FoodShare accounts that go untouched for six months would be wiped clean of all benefits. To regain access to benefits, participants would be allowed to request reactivation of their account or reapply for the program.
The bill also allows the state to take away all benefits that are more than a year old, even if an account is still in use.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, cited an investigative report from a Green Bay television station as the impetus for the legislation. The report found that some FoodShare recipients have balances as high as $14,000.
We want people who need the help to use it. If they aren’t using it, then let’s put it back in the pool so that there’s more money for people who will use it.