MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Hundreds of low-income Food-Share recipients stood in line in Milwaukee yesterday, to try and replace food they lost in last week’s floods.
Many others jammed a state phone line that was set up for the same purpose. Callers waited an hour to get served yesterday morning. But by mid-afternoon, state Food-Share director Jim Jones said the wait dropped to about 20 minutes.
Recipients have until next Monday to report what they lost. Milwaukee County has 88 thousand households enrolled in the Food-Share program. And by late yesterday afternoon, officials heard from almost 15 thousand callers who asked for help.
If federal disaster assistance is approved, more low-income people would be eligible for emergency food benefits. Those who are not signed up for the Food-Share program could get the maximum amount of benefits available for a family of their size. It would only cover the rest of the month and they’d have to apply for assistance beyond that.