New food assistance guidelines expanding opportunities

The threshold for a family of four increases a little more than $30,000

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – New eligibility guidelines will help help people in our area get food assistance.

The new rules for the USDA’s Emergency Food Assistance program increases household income levels.

That will help people get food from pantries like WAFER in La Crosse.

A single person now must have an annual combined income of less than 38- thousand 280 dollars.

That is an increase of a little more than 15- thousand dollars than previously.

And a family of four must have an income less than $78,600, an increase of a little more than $30,000.

The assistance can open up opportunities for community members.

“If people use our services and they receive four to five days worth of food, that’s money that they’re not spending on their grocery bill. They can apply those funds to the other areas in their life that they need,” said WAFER Food Pantry executive director Erin Waldhart.

WAFER has eligibility guidelines on their website.