|Background: We express nominal expenditures (not adjusted for inflation) on Food Stamp and Food Share programs as a per capita figure – dollars per person in the corresponding population. These programs improve access to food for people in need, which includes, for example, those who are unemployed or those with low income. For more information on Food Programs, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The 2011 Southern Winnebago County LIFE Study contains additional information on food issues in Oshkosh and the surrounding communities.|
Analysis: Per capita costs of Foot Stamp and Food Share programs in Winnebago County have been significantly lower than those in the state as a whole since 2009. The spike in costs at both levels seen in April 2009 is likely due to the recent recession. Winnebago County has held reasonably steady since that time, at an average of $9.09, while state expenditures averaged $14.43 with far more fluctuation over the same period. State data shows a steady increase between January 2011 to the present, while after a jump in January 2011 Winnebago County has seen a slight decline. This may indicate a trend in Winnebago County toward an improving economy while the state appears to be in a fairly long term deterioration.
Analysis provided by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Updated: June 13, 2012
2011 Southern Winnebago County LIFE Study